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26 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

 

Maybe if the Writer's Rooms of these soaps were diverse, they wouldn't struggle so badly to establish new black characters. 

 

Yes, I know ratings are not what they used to be for primetime either but look at the top rated, most buzzed about primetime series- then look at their Writer's Rooms. They are way more diverse than any of today's remaining soaps.

 

We know they need more POC. They know they need more POC. However, self interest trumps all that. An influx of color behind the camera means less space for those already there. 

 

 

It's not CG looks. She's pretty.  It's how she plays it. She goes for awkward, cute, sweet every time. That's fine for teens. But that's never gonna be the route to lead a soap opera. Especially not rivaling MiM, who is arguably the sexiest woman on the show. 

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2 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Maybe if the Writer's Rooms of these soaps were diverse, they wouldn't struggle so badly to establish new black characters. 

 

It's not even just Black and/or non-Black characters of color. It's any characters who aren't extremely rich, straight, cisgendered, white, able-bodied WASPs.

 

As many of you all have asked before when was the last time Y&R had viable middle class or poor characters? How about disabled characters? Or gay characters? Or trans characters? Or Asians? Or Latinos? Or single parents? Or elderly characters? Or Buddhist characters? Or Muslim characters? Or asexual characters? And so on...

 

There's no variety on Y&R in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, socioeconomic status, etc and the multiple intersections therein.

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20 minutes ago, DeeeDee said:

 

It's not even just Black and/or non-Black characters of color. It's any characters who aren't extremely rich, straight, cisgendered, white, able-bodied WASPs.

 

As many of you all have asked before when was the last time Y&R had viable middle class or poor characters? How about disabled characters? Or gay characters? Or trans characters? Or Asians? Or Latinos? Or single mothers? Or elderly characters? Or Buddhist characters? Or Muslim characters? Or asexual characters? And so on...

 

There's no variety on Y&R in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, socioeconomic status, etc and the multiple intersections therein.

 

Exactly, when I meant Diversity, I wasn't just talking race/ethnicity, I also meant socio-economic and gender as well.  This show is bleeding with multiple deficits.

10 minutes ago, ajsp35801 said:

Check this tagline,  @DramatistDreamer. Y&R has no shame! 

 

Everything is wrong about it. Like I said before, while Devon is allowed to be professional in his new business venture but Hilary and Mariah are being unprofessional in every way, letting the personal bleed into the professional- then again GC Buzz/Hilary Show is now supposed to be some type of confessional program, so it's inevitable unfortunately.

 

Just a bad look all around but sums up exactly where this show is and what it's about now. At least for its female characters.

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6 minutes ago, DramatistDreamer said:

Everything is wrong about it. Like I said before, while Devon is allowed to be professional in his new business venture but Hilary and Mariah are being unprofessional in every way, letting the personal bleed into the professional- then again GC Buzz/Hilary Show is now supposed to be some type of confessional program, so it's inevitable unfortunately.

 

Just a bad look all around but sums up exactly where this show is and what it's about now. At least for its female characters.

 

It's even more gross when you consider what's also happening to Abby at Newman.

 

There isn't one "younger" female character on the canvas (besides Chelsea) who isn't mired in sexist tropes.

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3 minutes ago, DeeeDee said:

 

It's even more gross when you consider what's also happening to Abby at Newman.

 

There isn't one "younger" female character on the canvas (besides Chelsea) who isn't mired in sexist tropes.

 

Chelsea has been saved by the lack of interest in her character. But her time is coming as well. I wouldn't be surprised if the show now has Hilary "brawling" with Chelsea over Jordan. For some reason, Hilary must fight everyone who comes into her orbit...except Jack. 

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4 minutes ago, DeeeDee said:

 

It's even more gross when you consider what's also happening to Abby at Newman.

 

There isn't one "younger" female character on the canvas (besides Chelsea) who isn't mired in sexist tropes.

 

Somehow I see Scott being written to not only challenge Abby's authority on the job but I can see them writing him as taking away her 'shine' in the position. The entire thing makes no sense to me the way this story is being shoehorned. Then again, I feel the same about most of the storylines on this show these days.

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37 minutes ago, DeeeDee said:

 

There's no variety on Y&R in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, socioeconomic status, etc and the multiple intersections therein.

 

+1.  Different social classes is one thing many soaps used to excel at, but now nearly all characters are upper middle class (Y&R, DAYS, GH, plus all the recently cancelled soaps of the past 10 years), often times the owners of huge international conglomerates. 

 

I was legit surprised when Abigail on DAYS mentioned getting a job at the police station a couple weeks back, and mentioned wanting to make sure she had health benefits, 401K, day care, etc. You never hear that kinda talk on soaps nowadays. But I gather it's to showcase her "struggle" in the real world, which will lead to an eventual reconciliation with Chad. 

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^ Y&R's characters aren't upper middle class. They are the 1%, which as some of us have pointed out is pretty laughable.

 

B&B did such a poor job with Maya, I really am afraid to find out how Y&R would do with a trans character.  I have zero faith they could do a story like that justice.

 

 

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17 minutes ago, Juliajms said:

^ Y&R's characters aren't upper middle class. They are the 1%, which as some of us have pointed out is pretty laughable.

 

B&B did such a poor job with Maya, I really am afraid to find out how Y&R would do with a trans character.  I have zero faith they could do a story like that justice.

 

 

 

Unless they are going to do a trans story  with a newman or an abbot then it's a waste of time. 

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3 minutes ago, ajsp35801 said:

 

Unless they are going to do a trans story  with a newman or an abbot then it's a waste of time. 

Well, yeah. I think the best thing they could do is make it a trans kid, but we all know they won't.

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I don't get why Y&R or any of the other soaps are so afraid of stories and characters like that

1 hour ago, DeeeDee said:

 

It's not even just Black and/or non-Black characters of color. It's any characters who aren't extremely rich, straight, cisgendered, white, able-bodied WASPs.

 

As many of you all have asked before when was the last time Y&R had viable middle class or poor characters? How about disabled characters? Or gay characters? Or trans characters? Or Asians? Or Latinos? Or single mothers? Or elderly characters? Or Buddhist characters? Or Muslim characters? Or asexual characters? And so on...

 

There's no variety on Y&R in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, socioeconomic status, etc and the multiple intersections therein.

 

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45 minutes ago, cassadine1991 said:

I don't get why Y&R or any of the other soaps are so afraid of stories and characters like that

 

As ASJP said, who & what is onscreen reflects who is behind the scenes.

 

Even in an era of declining soaps & dwindling ratings, soaps are still content to cater to an imaginary "core" audience instead of building new viewership. 

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2 hours ago, DeeeDee said:

 

It's not even just Black and/or non-Black characters of color. It's any characters who aren't extremely rich, straight, cisgendered, white, able-bodied WASPs.

 

As many of you all have asked before when was the last time Y&R had gay characters? Or trans characters?  Or asexual characters? And so on...

 

 

 

Kevin could been good as these.

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34 minutes ago, DeeeDee said:

 

As ASJP said, who & what is onscreen reflects who is behind the scenes.

 

Even in an era of declining soaps & dwindling ratings, soaps are still content to cater to an imaginary "core" audience instead of building new viewership. 

 

You're right in how imaginary that core audience is. 

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