Thursday, April 24, 2008

Unpublicized Gay Kiss on "As The World Turns"

I came across a news clipping about the most recent gay kiss between two characters, Luke and Noah, on the daytime soap opera "As The World Turns" and how it was unpublicized in the media and the press. As I do not watch ATWT I am not aware of the two characters' storyline, but my understanding is that these two gay characters were given less scenes to express their passion and love for each other, as compared to all of the heterosexual relationships on this program. Their sexy time apparently occurred, but was infrequently written into the production schedule. So this kiss was a surprise for viewers because producers did not advertise or build up hype to this gay kiss. In the past, an on screen kiss between two people of the same sex was seen as shocking and controversial and definitely a strategy to boost viewership and get ratings, but the reality is it is the year 2008 and I am happy to say, for the most part, people are over the "gay kiss" - as they should be. By not promoting this gay kiss as a shocking and controversial event, ATWT producers (whether consciouly or unconsciously) have endorsed and reinforced the normalcy of the concept of gay characters kissing - forcing viewers to think about and accept the "gay kiss".

Yay to the producers of "As The World Turns"

www.cbs.com/daytime/atwt

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