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Gay fans demand more love on As the World Turns

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2008 4:21PM
As the World TurnsIt was big news when As the World Turns, CBS and Procter & Gamble's 52-year-old daytime drama, presented a gay love story between two men. When Luke Snyder (Van Hansis) admitted to Noah Mayer (Jake Silbermann) that he loved him, it was a major step forward for the soap opera genre. However, fans of the show are upset. No, they're okay with them being gay. They just want them to be more affectionate. They're protesting!

In an AP story about the As the World Turns protest, Roger Newcomb, a die-hard fan, said, "We totally support this show and applaud the show for doing this story line. We just don't understand why they [Luke and Noah] have to be censored or treated differently."




Luke and Noah are in love and sexually involved, but on screen they've shared only one kiss. Just one, and that was way back in September. Newcomb has posted an online petition and encouraged a letter-writing campaign among fans, asking them to urge the producers to give Luke and Noah some on screen kissing. Newcomb created a web site with a clock counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since the couple last kissed on camera.

To underscore his point, Newcomb points out that at Christmas time, when Luke and Noah had the chance for a kiss under the mistletoe, nothing was shown. Then, for the Valentine's Day episode, when all the soap's couples were given romantic moments to share, Luke and Noah exchanged a hug.

Is the show censoring the love story as Newcomb suggests? "There's no kissing ban," said Jeannie Tharrington, spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble Productions. The choice to show the Christmas kiss off-camera, she said, was a "creative decision."

For a long-running, Emmy-award winning drama like As the World Turns, this is a tough line to toe. They have always espoused traditionally values, the strong family ties found in the Hughes, Stewart and Snyder clans, for example. But they've also been on the forefront of social issues, like having the first gay man come out of the closet on a soap in 1988. Clearly, they feel that they are taking bold steps by presenting a young gay couple in a committed relationship. The producers have to be stunned by this protest. Obviously, they don't want to alienate their established audience, but would men smooching be a turn off to them? Other gay couples on TV, like Kevin and Scottie on Brothers and Sisters, are shown kissing -- but that's primetime. Daytime is more tricky. "It's always hard to please a diverse audience,'' Tharrington said, adding, "We have a diverse audience." Time will tell; we'll keep an eye on Newcomb's web site and the ticking clock.

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Deb

Please keep those stinky gay scenes off public viewing!
It is going to cast P&G down in the stock market...as many of us do not want to be part of a company that
supports homosexuals. And we do not want our kids or grandkids watching and/or learning these wrong acts of relationships. This is not acceptable. Please keep your company on the right path and acknowledge right from wrong....remembering that you are setting examples for our future adults and your future customers, as well as setting your future stock value. Have been listening to many lately that feel they cannot purchase anything from P&G, as they do not want to be part of supporting the wrong Values.

May 05 2008 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beth

On a new note I know that we have to live in the real world and Gays are here to stay. But please if you are having it on the TV shows please don't show all the affectionate acts such as kissing and bed room scenes.

March 31 2008 at 9:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debra

i've quit watching after 20 years!

March 10 2008 at 6:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PlazaJen

Ha! I'm sorry, but "espousing traditional/family values" is so comical given that the soap opera's original tart has HOW many last names? Well, a quick check shows that of all her marriages, Lisa Miller Hughes Eldridge Shea Colman McColl Mitchell Grimaldi only divorced three of those times. The rest died or were annulled. I guess it's only appropriate to bed-hop if you're straight!

March 03 2008 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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