The Young and the Restless Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), who had made headlines for his stance and his blog on the Chick-fil-A controversy and fellow daytime, Melissa Reeves (Jennifer, DAYS), is once again a topic in part of the conversation in a brand new interview out today from TV Guide!
However Rikaart, one of the most talented and best young actors on daytime, also had an intriguing new plot twist to deal with on the number one soap. His soap alter-ego, Kevin Fisher is in hot water after being implicated in the sudden death of Dr. Tim Reid, all in part to trying to help the fiery Phyllis! Here are a few interesting excerpts from the conversation with TVG below!
Rikaart on getting negative responses from people who thought he may be out of line or unfair with his online tussle with Melissa Reeves: “It was very disappointing to read some of the responses. I did get a lot of support but the general tone of political discourse in this country is very disheartening. I was getting challenged by some people for having attacked Melissa Reeves when, frankly, what I said was anything but an attack. I expressed my disappointment that she has aligned herself with a company that promotes hatred and bigotry, and I stand by that. I welcome a conversation with her. It’s the only way people on different sides of an issue can meet in the middle and understand each other’s point of view. I would have loved that opportunity with Melissa but she blocked me from her Twitter account.”
Rikaart on how some people feel he attacked Melissa Reeves’ right to free speech: “No one is saying that Melissa Reeves doesn’t have a right to free speech. Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, is also entitled to his opinions and beliefs but he’s funding organizations that are hate groups, organizations that want to criminalize homosexuality in this country and throughout the world, and that’s where Melissa Reeves’ alignment is really disappointing to me. I am proud to stand up and be an advocate for LGBT rights. This is the last hurdle of the civil rights movement. I’m glad this is such a hot-button issue. I’m glad people are so impassioned about it, even the people who are against equality for all Americans because they are reacting out of fear, fear that the LGBT community is winning. And it is winning! Part of why I stand up and am proud to be an advocate is because this is less about grownups than it is about children. This is no different than kids being bullied in a schoolyard. People wonder why there is an epidemic of bullying in this country. Well, it’s because kids are learning it from the grownups, from people like Melissa Reeves who is a grown-up bully. I believe in respecting everyone’s religious beliefs but those beliefs don’t belong anywhere near my rights or anyone else’s.”
Rikaart on how Kevin’s on-screen brother, Michael (Christian LeBlanc) may even think that his sibling may have killed shrink, Tim Reid: “Kevin is so ethically challenged it was only a matter of time before he and Michael were on opposite sides of the law, especially now that Michael is the D.A. Before this, Kevin always went to his brother for help. Not this time. He decides to lie to him, which only make things worse. Michael will insist that Kevin come down to the police station and meet with Beth face-to-face. But it’s really no crime to move a dead body…is it?”
Alright, dear soapers: Rikaart has explained his position on the negative comments towards him and his stance with Melissa Reeves and Chick-fil-A. Now, where do you stand after reading this? And, are you digging Kevin’s latest ploy gone wrong that once again had landed him on the other side of the law? Weigh-in!