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0 January 11th, 2010 Huffington Post on ABC for portrayal of Gays on Daytime!

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Writer, Lesleyann Coker, in a new post today at the reknowed Huffington Post, “What’s wrong with Gay Sex?”. In it, she is taking ABC to task for having one step towards the march on equality for LGBT community and then going one step back.  While we agree on the bungled same-sex romance of Bianca and Reese, Lesleyann is not happy, with the lack of advance publicity for Kish’s sex scene on December 30th,  and for what she feels is a huge mistake…that the ABC publicity team did not make it a huge announcement for the day Kish would go to bed together.  What are your thoughts?   On-Air On-Soaps Michael Fairman broke the exclusive that they would be having sex by the end of the year a month in advance at Advocate.com (in early November), and from all our accounts, One Life did alert the media in some form.  Here are some excerpts from this interesting read and vantage point.

“ABC has a bad habit of taking one step toward equality, then taking two steps back. Last February, ABC daytime broadcast the highly touted, first lesbian wedding for a soap opera couple on All My Children. Although the network allowed the women to kiss, it never allowed them to enjoy a proper love scene, even on their wedding night.

Instead, the lame sub-plot centered around one of the women fighting her attraction to a man, and kissing him the night before her wedding in a state of “confusion.” Was this meant to imply the character really wasn’t a lesbian, or to give hope she could be “cured” of her homosexual affliction?

On December 30th, almost a year after its sexless lesbian fiasco, ABC tried to throw the gay community a bone when One Life to Live aired daytime’s first ever sex scene between two men. To ABC’s credit, the scene was presented the same as any other soap opera couple making love for the first time. It included candles, soft music, loving close ups, and of course, some skin. There was even spooning afterward. What’s the problem?

No advance publicity.

In soap opera land, when a popular couple “makes love” for the first time, it’s cause for celebration. The shows orchestrate publicity campaigns weeks in advance with teaser feature stories in soap magazines and blogs. TV Guide and TiVo highlight the event in their show summaries. The publicity generates anticipation among loyal fans and helps draw new viewers to the show.”

For this momentous occasion on OLTL, all was silent. There wasn’t any magazine coverage, no blogosphere buzz, no TV listings, no visible promotion of any kind. The network ignored the chance to capitalize on one of the most important events in the history of daytime – as well as a milestone for the gay community. Were the publicists on vacation for the months of November and December?

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