Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla Winters) of The Young and the Restless took to Twitter yesterday in a fury of tweets during the 41st anniversary of the CBS Soap. Rowell, who has not been asked back to rejoin the series after leaving under controversy in 2007, sent out tweets to her followers about the lack of black diversity behind the scenes of Y&R, when a large part of the viewing audience that supports the show is African-American.
The actress/author/producer then went on to say why she feels Drucilla has not come back from falling off that cliff which signified her exit from the series!
Here are some excerpts from Rowell’s tweets: “AfricanAmerican multi-million$ (P&G) audience substantially keeps Young & Restless at #1. Audience is repurposed on Bold & Beautiful. Hollywood Reporter has echoed the overwhelming daytime viewership is black. Yet minority programming requests are ignored. National Urban League/NYC & I worked VERY hard to push for FIRST black writer, Susan Dansby on The Young & Restless. WHY did it take 37 yrs? National Urban League/NYC and I worked VERY, VERY hard, pushing for 1st black director (Albert Alarr) contract on The Young & Restless. WHY? I worked hard pushing for a competent black hairstylist for Young & Restless cast. WHY were we placed in a separate but equal room?”
“Please KNOW the truth. Let me clear away any mystery as to WHY I am not back as work. Please do not ask me if I am clawing my way up a cliff. It is way more serious. Never underestimate racism.”
Victoria Rowell goes on in a series of tweets to say that in 40 years at Y&R there has not been: “one black costume designer, coordinating producer, make-up full time contracted makeup artist, Supervising Producer, Casting Director in 40 years, FULL-TIME cameraman or woman in 40 years,” and she lists more job titles. Rowell also adds: “Soap mags are as guilty of systemic lack of minority inclusion – NEVER one Editor in Chief at SoapDigest, Soap Weekly, CBS Soaps in Depths”
So, what do you think of Victoria’s fury of tweets? The timing of them? Do you think she makes a valid point? Do you believe that the reason Victoria has not been asked back to Y&R has anything to do with racism, when clearly there are other African-American performers on the number one soap? Comment below!