This cuckold storyline is literally the blackface of storylines.
Just like blackface, this is a trope that has a long hideous history of racism behind it and regardless of what a white person's intent is in using it now, they absolutely should not.
I don't believe Bell is racist but he is using a story whose subtext is a mix of poisonous cultural stereotypes that has fueled violence and hostility towards black men for centuries (from the overall objectification of People of Color reminiscent of, well slavery, to the "threatening" sexuality of black men and the tropes that go along with it) and I cannot comprehend how someone on his writing staff, on the technical crew, on the cast, at the network didn't stop to tell him that the subtext with those particular characters is just atrocious.
Not to mention that he is now adding a story where a black character is paid to tattle-tale on the sexual escapades of another black man with a white woman. I mean the historical parallels... Has he ever read a book about American history and the antebellum South before?
It is a no for me. A serious deep no.
And unlike most fans, I actually don't mind the cuckolding storyline in itself. It is sleazy but why not? But this is horribly offensive.
On the other hand, I will play Devil's Advocate on this.
While we have plenty of reasons to be skeptical, I think it is a bit early to declare it a bust.
I mean, building up Sheila as a threatening menacing lurking presence in Steffy's life slowly messing up things for her is exactly how it should be. Build up the tension and slowly draw out Sheila's evil tendencies and the feud between them.
I am not particularly interested in the Sheila return but so far they are playing it probably how they should be playing it - with the exception of the Paris/Finn subplot.
Bell might get bored and drop it soon as he has before and if this turns out to be the extent of it then, yeah, it'd be a bust. But if the story is going somewhere and is going to build up further over time, then this seems like a reasonable opening round to me.
I am trying to remember her intro and it was all about that weird story where people thought Jax was a drug dealer and the awful tin man saga. I remember she liked to draw lol. Honestly, she was just a casualty to Vanessa re-signing last minute. Sonny and Brenda leaving together was a done deal and VM screwed it up so they just went back to Jax/Brenda and that breakdown nonsense. How I wish VM decided to leave in 97. I like 98 Brax, but overall not worth it.
They at least gave V a happy ending, so I guess it's fine. She was a good C character. I don't think she would have held up that well as Jax's love interest though. But Jax doesn't seem to have a particular type (except women that loved Sonny first lol), so I don't think it was a stretch for him to be attracted to her. He's not Sonny zoning in on any petite brunette he can find lol. V was fairly solidly involved in the Sonny/Jax/Brenda/tinman stuff and I remember her being good with Ned for some reason. Although by the time she officially left the show I think I forgot she was technically still on it. She was sort of wasted, but at least they completed her arc if you will.