It is utterly frustrating, upsetting, and sad when a mainstream press outlet or publication, for lack of a better word, snarkily denigrates the daytime community because of their lack of knowledge of the genre, the performers who are in it, or the Daytime Emmys. Case in point: this absolutely insulting article written by The Hollywood Reporter’s Bill Higgins which was their coverage of the 39th Annual Daytime Emmys last Saturday which consisted of commenting on the red carpet drama, and how low-brow the event looked and the people who attended it. Here is some of the commentary from THR’s piece on the Daytime Emmys below:
Hollywood Reporter, “If you weren’t a fan of daytime television, there were few recognizable faces. It might be comparable to attending an awards show for porn stars – if you’re not fluent with the genre. It just looks like a gathering of attractive people wearing black tie on a sunny afternoon. The overall impression was of wealthy folk who live in Santa Barbara and visit Los Angeles infrequently.”
“As an example of how relatively low-key the scene was (and this might be a first), there was no traffic backup at the BevHilton’s circular driveway. Guests just drove up, left the car and were greeted by a few dozen fans. Inside, there was a scene with people greeting one another in the lobby, but there was room for zookeeper Jack Hanna, who had a lemur on his shoulder and was trailed by two women, one with an oversize porcupine on a leash, the other carrying a 5-foot-long alligator. Not far from them was Gloria Allred handing out business cards. Somehow they both fit in.”
“There was the standard red carpet with a full complement of photographers, but the Daytime Emmys differed from other awards shows as there also was a publicist who would stand behind each arriving star with their name spelled out on a dry erase board. She was quite busy getting the names and spelling right.”
And so after reading this, we noticed that THR used a quote from Kate Linder of The Young and the Restless, but they originally printed she was from General Hospital. Once enough fans wrote comments that alerted the writer, they changed it and corrected it to Y&R. It would be nice if the reporters, who are attending the Daytime Emmys cared enough to do some research about the people they would be interviewing. In addition, the photo they used to run with the story was Jack Hanna and Debbie Gibson with animals crawling all over them. Is that what the Emmys are about?
What we here at On-Air On-Soaps find most offensive is that these outlets are given preferred position on red carpets, while many of those who work tirelessly and endlessly to promote the soaps, the actors, and the daytime community at large, and have some substance to their coverage, are given less than stellar spots, and many times are pushed and shoved around at events. So, to all of us in the soap community, whether you are on-screen, behind-the-scenes, or my wonderful colleagues who cover the medium day after day, raise a glass of champagne, and salute yourselves for a job well done. If Rodney Dangerfield were here, he would say to all of us in daytime, “We can’t get no respect!”
So soapers what do you think of the comments by The Hollywood Reporter? Let us know!