EOS motto is "If it's not fun, it doesn't get done." I really wish TPTB at
ABC Daytime would adopt this as its own. They're making things really
difficult for me this week, not to mention poor little Pollyanna.
No AMC today, due to events taking place in our nation's capital. On the
East Coast, no GH (making me ever so grateful for SoapNet). To be honest,
I'm not as sad as I normally would be about this. On GH, they've been
setting the stage for "the most horrible act imaginable," and I have just
one question: Why?
Daytime has a long tradition of addressing real-life horrors, from
drug/alcohol addiction to racism, homophobia to breast cancer. AMC is
currently running a domestic abuse storyline (Maggie/Jonathan) and GH is
about to revisit something that is probably every woman's worst nightmare,
rape. There is nothing about this story that merits its telling.
If it's a means to advance a storyline, it's cheap and vile and anyone
involved in its creation and execution should be fired because they
obviously lack the talent needed for their job. ("Oh, but this would be a
great way to get Liz and Lucky back together; unite them in their grief
and memories." Bite me.)
Here's the scenario I've dreamed up. A popular rumor roaming the 'Net
lately is that high-level ABC execs have ordered GH to become more
"female-friendly." So, in order to offend as many viewers as possible and
collect a fat severance package, presto! Let's have Connor "attack" Emily.
Collect your golden parachute at the door.
Last week, a reader wrote in to take issue with my pleas for the
resurrection of the Nurses' Ball. The following is a portion of my
response, and I'm repeating it here because it applies to this column:
"The Balls were hospital benefits, with the last few raising money for
AIDS care and awareness. At a time when it was not a very popular topic,
GH would display parts of the National AIDS Quilt, spotlight other
fundraisers, and feature guests like the mother of Ryan White, a teenager
who got AIDS from a blood transfusion and didn't live past his teen years.
Sonny donated millions to set up a 'Stone Cates Memorial AIDS Wing' at the
hospital. So, not only did the Nurses' Balls entertain, they showed a bit
of social responsibility that is sorely lacking these days. (The show also
used to mark Dec. 1, the 'Day of Compassion,' in memory of those lost to
AIDS, but I haven't seen that in a while.)"
A bit of social responsibility that is sorely lacking these days.
That's all I have to say about that.
P.S. R.I.P., Ruth Warrick. One hell of a lady.
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