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The Cleveland Show
Apr 07 2011, 12:30 PM by LoriH65
Sex, love and intrigue - soap operas have got it all. The
never-ending drama and over-the-top passion keep viewers glued to
their TV's every day. Throughout the history of soaps, the
storylines and characters have evolved. As society tackles
controversial issues, the soap world continues to do the same.
There's been some buzz lately about Days of our Lives
exploring a possible gay storyline. Days is no stranger to
controversial storylines, making it the ideal soap to tackle issues
surrounding sexuality and alternative lifstyle choices.The rumours
have been swirling that Days will embark on this
gay-centered storyline featuring Sami Brady's eldest son,
Will Roberts. I say, it's about time! Let's face it, the current
relationship Will has with Gabriela Hernandez is both platonic and
boring. If the rumours prove to be true, Days
follows in the footsteps of other soaps showcasing front burner
storylines of gay couples struggling to find love and acceptance in
society. The storyline is a progressive and much needed next step
for the soap.
Homosexuality has been a topic of conversation in soap opera
society for many decades now. Gay characters continue to emerge and
drive storylines throughout the soap world. It's not
surprising that Days wants to keep things fresh and moving
with the times. This show has created some of the best couples
throughout its 45 year run. With the passionate romances of
fan-favourites, John and Marlena, Patch and Kayla and Bo and Hope;
the time is now to create some new relationship magic. What better
way than to venture into a successful gay storyline succeeding
fellow soaps All My Children and newly deceased As the
World Turns? I predict a bump in ratings if the story is
handled with care and commitment.
Stories focusing on various forms of sexuality and alternative
lifestyles have met its fair share of backlash over the years.
Days of our Lives has never shied from tackling stories
with varying levels of acceptance. It has proven unafraid of taking
risk and pushing the envelope as seen with Marlena's possession
years ago and the recent removal of Jennifer Horton's heart. If
fans are supposed to suspend their disbelief for unbelievable
circumstances, surely they can focus on some realism along the way.
Same-sex relationships are a step in the right direction to
I can't wait to see how the writer's handle Days first gay
storyline. Glad they're finally getting with the times!
What are your thoughts Days Fans? Who would you like to
see "come out" as gay?
By: Hayley Farb
Hayley Farb is the GlobalTV.com Soap blogger and has conducted many
interviews with the stars of Days of our Lives and the Young and
the Restless. As an avid soap watcher, her extensive knowledge on
all things soaps dates back to when she was very young, watching
every single Daytime soap alongside her parents. Since then she
hasn't missed a single episode in over 20 years and knows the name
of every character and actor's name in the history of soaps.!