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A Gay Blog Calls Out GH's Felix As "Lipstick Yielding Gay Male Nurse"! Ron Carlivati Fires Back To Negative Comments!

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A firestorm of controversy had erupted over the last 24 hours on the popular Gay blog, Towleroad!  In a post, Towleroad, after referencing a review from We Love Soaps on the introduction of  the new character of Felix Dubois (played by Marc  Anthony Samuel) on General Hospital took to task what they interpret as a negative portrayal of a gay character.

As many had seen in his first on-screen appearance, the character of Felix carried on him some lipstick.  However Towleroad’s slant on this was, “To establish his character as gay, his first scenes involved him pulling out a tube of lipstick and offering to touch up a heterosexual woman. Oy.”   After this posting, readers to the blog continued on with negative comments,  outrage, and attacks including this one:  “This idiocy from General Hospital  is the equivalent of a blackface minstrel show. With enough ridicule, I hope the producer and writer become a laughing stock, which is what they deserve.”

However, GH’s head writer, Ron Carlivati, who has spearheaded the introduction of many a gay character and story to daytime television, fired back at the comments when he posted:  “To Andy Towle and the readers of this blog: My name is Ron Carlivati and I am the Head Writer of General Hospital. I am also an openly gay man. I created the character of Felix Dubois, the “lipstick-wielding gay male nurse,” and I am frankly appalled by the intolerance and internalized homophobia expressed in this post and in the majority of its comments. During my career, I have brought no fewer than six gay characters to daytime television: male, female, Black, White, Hispanic…all shapes and sizes. I have written coming out stories, gay bashing stories, gay marriage stories, gay parenting stories and gay love stories. I wrote the first love scene between two gay men that ever aired on daytime TV. I won a GLADD award for these stories. What exactly is it about this character that is causing such righteous indignation? The fact that he carries a tube of lipstick in his scrubs? SPOILER ALERT: Felix sells cosmetics to put himself through nursing school. This will be revealed on Monday’s show. Not because I think gay men love lipstick, and certainly not to “establish” himself as gay. But even if that were the reason, so what? Does this make him too queeny? Not straight-acting enough? Is that the only type of gay character allowed on TV now? As far as I’m concerned, to be offended by this character is what is offensive. And just FYI, the majority of women (our core audience) I have heard from thus far about Felix have expressed to me how much they like him. The only people who seem to have a problem with him are certain gay men who are apparently afraid of a gay character who might be portrayed as a little bit effeminate. Well, I say shame on you, and shame on Andy Towle, too. Oy, indeed.”

So what do you think about the character of Felix?  And, what do you think of Ron Carlivati’s comments? Hard to argue with the points he made! Shouldn’t we all just wait and see how this Felix character unfolds?  Weigh-in!

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Dan
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Dan

You tell ’em, Ron!

Hillary
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Hillary

+1

Rebelle
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Rebelle

I absolutely LOVE Felix. I hope GH keeps him around!

margie
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margie

I like him! people need to grow up! NOW!

Jeff
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Jeff

Let’s put things in perspective here, folks. Ron Carlivati started to write a great story with Oliver and Kyle, but then turned it into a complete and total farce with Dorian faking it as a Lesbian to get the gay vote in Llanview. It was a total and complete slap in the face to the gay community. It was sloppy, embarrassing, and if this is what he really thinks GH viewers want to see, he’s just as much out of touch as he was on One Life to Live, which he drove into the ground with rehashed storylines until the… Read more »

Lin
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Lin

I totally agree with this writer. I loved Oliver and Kyle. To get rid of them and the way they disappeared and never reappeared was awful. And the Dorian story was beyond disgusting. I agree, sloppy, embarrassing and I don’t know what. Was it supposed to be funny? I don’t see how anyone could have a strong about Felix who has been on the show 5 minutes or less. But he seems likable. I was wondering why he had lipstick on him, gay or straight, it seemed a bit strange, but I figured we’d be learning more about him. I… Read more »

TRW
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TRW

Ron is not to blame for what happened eventually to the Kish storyline – that along with a lot of things in that period of the show were dictates of Brian Frons, who shoved Stacy Morasco down our throats as well and ordered Kish to be gotten rid of.

I’d like to think we’ve got to the point where we can have a femmy gay guy portrayed, because lets face it, they do exist lol. It’s not like everyone has to be totally straight acting to prove some point any more

BTripp
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BTripp

That was Brion Frons who got rid of them because of too many complaints from the straight audience. It was not Carlivati who wanted them to end. The head writer only has so much control over the story which is sad (but understandable).

Norma Wilder
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Norma Wilder

Good for you Ron, I think what you said is on the mark. I watched Friday’s episode and I was not offended at all. As a matter of act I didn’t think a thing of it when he pulled out the lipstick. People have nothing better do do that bitch about every little thing. Keep up the awesome job Ron.

Caroline
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Caroline

I didn’t think anything of it, either. I just thought Felix was being a nice guy. I’m glad we’ll get to know him better.

Christine
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Christine

Sadly I have to admit, Norma, that I (a heterosexual female), thought Felix was gay with the lipstick because he also said things like (I have no idea how to spell it) when he told Sabrina she needed to fix up her hair. HOWEVER, this was only the first episode in which the character appeared and I am interested to see what else Felix is all about. But gay or straight, I am interested in seeing where this goes. To be perfectly honest, I was more worried about Sabrina using a “tube of lipstick” that someone had in their pocket… Read more »

Jen
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Jen

Ron, you ‘da man! Well said, I couldn’t add anything else to your thoughtful and on the money comments.

bc
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bc

RC wrote: “During my career, I have brought no fewer than six gay characters to daytime television: male, female, Black, White, Hispanic…all shapes and sizes. ” 6 gay characters yet no Asian american characters? CNN recently reported that 3% of the US population identifies as lgbt while Pew research indicated that Asian americans represent 3% of the US population and are growing even faster than Latinos. Thus shouldn’t there be equal number of gay and Asian american characters from hollywood? Yet there’s a lack of Asian american representation from film and tv. hollywood is LA based and there are even… Read more »

Tasha Jones
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Tasha Jones

Oh for god sake! The saying “You can not make everyone happy” apply’s here! I watch my soaps and I do not see race, sexuality nor a persons size. I see humans and good story telling. It is the nay Sayers like this that truly are the offending ones. What Ron has done with this soap has turned around a drying soap and gave it fresh life. That is what should be important not complaining about such silly issues. I also really am proud that he had the guts to go onto that website and voice his own concern and… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

Folks, FYI, this person also does some major bellyaching about the whole Asian-American issue on daytimeconfidential.com too. It’s a never ending saga with this person. All they talk about is Asian actors/actresses or other Asian men and women in the media who’ve been pushed aside or whatever. He never discusses the soaps, just the injustices that the Asian American community continue to suffer. Well bc, you’re just making yourself look pathetic.

bc
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bc

To michael: it’s not pathetic when gay issues are complained abt by ALL these people writing on message boards as shown by the numerous responses abt this gh “controversy”? But for your skewed “mind” w/c is biased it’s “pathetic” when there are complaints abt Asian americans? Yet the more flattering Asian americans roles among hollywood projects are openly whitewashed by hollywood and given to white actors who sometimes have to use yellowface. Wouldn’t the African american community scream racism if roles for blacks were given to white actors especially if the white actors had to use blackface? While Asian american… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

Everyone has a cross to bear.

shannon
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shannon

Your upset that out of six GAY characters one of them wasn’t asian??? I guess asian lesbians should get more screen time but unfortunately only ten percent of the population is gay and only three percent of the US population is asian. Asian lesbians unite!

bc
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bc

To shannon: You’re wrong. Only 3% of the US population is lgbt. CNN recently reported that 3% of the US population is lgbt and they wouldn’t get that wrong bec the “face” of cnn is openly gay anderson cooper. It’s quite obvious as to this reported % increase for lgbt population bec it’s to further lgbt discussions and issues. How ridiculous are some lgbt people to actually think that the lgbt population is nearly equal to the African american population w/c is 12%! It’s to push lgbt issues at the forefront when Latino americans are larger and should get more… Read more »

Tasha Jones
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Tasha Jones

BC are you not reading what you write? Because you are making the same points over and over again hoping to get a different response from people who are forced to read your novel posts. You made your point hijacked the tread now move on! Or do you have nothing else to offer?

Micheal. Your response just made me love & respect you so much more~~

BTripp
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BTripp

Is India part of Asia? If you watched OLTL you know that Carlivati had 3 characters who were getting plenty of story who were from India. On GH they have Dr Kelly Lee who is on recurring and used to have more storyline.

Kalena
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Kalena

I loved the character and like Ron Carlivati am appaulled by peoples negative reactions. I support Ron and agree with the points made. I think people are to quick to judge and quite frankly it is disgusting.

Ces
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Ces

agreed!

Shaunie
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Shaunie

Wow! Way to go Ron Carlivati, people should really hold up and take a wait & see approach to Felix. This was so ridiculous and he is so very on the money, the internalized homophobia is rampant in the gay community. Especially the queens who inhabit the soap chat rooms/boards, Felix is a breath of fresh air. Not only an openly gay male character, but an openly gay, employed, African American male character, who isn’t a junkie, whore or prisoner. Keep up the great work, Ron!

MEG
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MEG

I ALREADY LIKE FELIX ,AND HOPE TO SEE ALOT MORE OF HIM.

bc
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bc

This kerfuffle abt an effeminate GH character could become somewhat controversial bec the manhattan mainstream media complex and hollywood obviously like to further dialogue regarding lgbt issues but these same establishments give little to no discussions on any entertainment issues related to Asian american discrimination and lack of representation. There have to be all kinds of gay characters like Bond villains and effeminate chars w/ romantic storylines on glee and straight acting romantic leads on numerous shows. But Asian american females are usually the ff: 1. pliable women who are meek and mild. they’re too docile and subservient to make… Read more »

bc
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bc

2 broke girls showrunner is openly gay patrik king who recently stated that he cast matthew moy as han bec his face was not “threatening” and that the char is not a “type” during an interview. how delusional. han is such a stereotypically offensive Asian american char. han is mocked for being a foreigner. he’s accented and dorky and doesn’t dress well and has no romantic storyline and is even described as not “threatening” by his creator? how is this not a type? Asian americans have to be depicted not by handsome actors who are romantic leading men precisely bec… Read more »

Rod
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Rod

As a gay man I think these people are insane. Um hello maybe the character hits to close to home to you queens. A) I hate the character B) who gives a shit. I again A GAY MAN WAS NOT OFFENDED!! I laughed and said really, TOO FUNNY!! But Ron that character MUST GO a long with that new Dr & Nurse

Rod
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Rod

Do they watch the queens on New Normal. HELLLLOOOOO most gays on TV are protrayed WAY LIPSTICK GAY!!!!! Get a grip!!! Gays as a gay speaking. You need to SETTLE DOWN!!!

Michael
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Michael

As for Ron and his “lip stick carrying gay nelly queen character”, I too would also be offended. Ron, I don’t give too hoots about the fact that you’re openly gay. What I really give two hoots about is the fact that you’re perpetuating a sterotype that a great deal of Americans have of gay men: 1–they walk around like women, carrying purses, and wearing dresses, gobs of make up, fake eyelashes, and 6″ high heel shoes 2–effiminate, 3–they act like nelly queens. I too am an openly gay man Ron, but when it’s characters or actual gay men who… Read more »

Dewlove
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Dewlove

Michael, what you feel is the EXACT definition of internalized homophobia. You dislike and “run across the street” from “some gay twink” because he’s not “a MAN” and “acts like a woman”? Your homophobia creates a misconception in your mind that a man who wears dresses, make up, and high heels “acts like a woman”. No, they are being themselves. Are we still stuck in some sort of Abercrombe version of the dark ages where clothes are the measure of how manly someone is? It’s fine to be put off by a character (or even an actual human) whose outgoing,… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

from what i have seen of felix i like the character – i love the way ron responded & i totally agree with what he said & how he said it………

Robin
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Robin

All I have to say is , Ron I love you!! Way to go!

Margie
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Margie

Go Ron. I can’t believe there’s a controversy already. I loved the introduction of this character.

Annalee
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Annalee

Oy, indeed.

Rodd
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Rodd

I think the whole issue is a shame. I support Ron in his statements. Why shouldn’t all types of people be represented? We see and know all kinds of people in real life.

Keep going, Ron. You’re doing a fantastic job on GH!

Nancy
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Nancy

You should fire back Ron. Why does sexual preference have to do with anything. This is the 21st century and all the homophobes should go back to the 19th century. We accept people in this day and age. Personally I adore Ron more than I can say. What he and Frank have done for me is inexpressible. You go Ron and be happy and do not care what other people think. I think you are perfect to me.

Maggie
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Maggie

I loved Felix. Too bad so many people are pitching a fit over what looks to be another interesting character. Ron Carlivati has turned GH into must -see soap.

Should I be pitching a fit over the fab Maxie/Lulu hormone scenes last week? The ones that had me rolling on the floor? After all, some might get the impression RC was implying women’s hormones make them just plain hysterical rather than the good joke RC had going over the effects of hormone injection.

*smh* over people’s stupidity…

Angela
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Angela

You go Ron!!!! I have many male gay friends. Some lipstick wielding, some not. But truth is I love them all the same. They are different as we all are different. As Ron said they should have reserved their opinion until the storyline played out a little more and get to know the character BEFORE you pass judgement. They jumped way too soon and I think that maybe an apology is in the cards here,

JLH
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JLH

I’m gay and not very effeminate but do not feel offended or threatened by a character like Felix. Ron responded extremely well to the horrible comments on that blog.

MK
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MK

I totally support Ron C, he is the Best writer Daytime has seen in 20 yrs. No one has written Gay Characters (KISH) better and Gay representation better. Remember he showed the first Drag bar ever on daytime? It was the network/Frons that canned the Kish story. I had assumed Felix was a drag queen, but never suspected he sold cosmetics. LOL. I am still waiting for Lucas Jones to return with Huge story, some day.

Ces
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Ces

Loved Ron Carlivati’s response! I think people are just too damn touchy in this world. Chill out!

Jerron
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Jerron

Had Ron established himself as a character writer and not a plot point writer perhaps the audience would have a more wait and see attitude. But he hasn’t. People are wondering why hasn’t Anna figured out she’s kissing a rubber-faced, smokey breath man. Did people leap to conclusions? Yes. Did people revert back to stereotypes? Yes. But he hasn’t shown /introduced a character with any depth since he started. I give you Dr. Britt as proof. I don’t think the failure is on the ones who openly questioned Felix. People should wonder about what they are being shown. They should… Read more »

bc
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bc

Jerron: That whole “but I have black friends” routine is exactly the kind of mentality from hollywood. The “there are racial minority actors and therefore hollywood can’t be racist” is hollywood’s way of saying “but I have black friends.”

Tsuds
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Tsuds

Wow.. I am just liking Ron more and more… Very impressed with his comments and not sitting back and letting blogs continue to slam him….. very well written Ron.. glad and proud that you are on my team! Thanks for all the good work you do for daytime!

Sean M
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Sean M

I am in the Addicted to General Hospital Facebook page and I was having the same argument. Great job, Ron. You wrote better than did. Oy!

TS1
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TS1

I’m sure in the next few weeks with the up coming Nurses Ball we will see a lot of people added to GH. After all they will need singers, dancers, story tellers to fill the show. Daytime tv is a way to escape from your every day routine and enjoy something exciting and new like it used to be. Good for Ron speaking up I think he is doing a fantastic job on GH like he did on OLTL. Can’t wait to see what happens.

Nancy
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Nancy

I totally agree with Ron Carlivati. I thought the story line was great.

iPadPapa
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iPadPapa

Did anyone who’s complaining about the “stereotype” portrayal of Felix, ever consider …
… the idea of how they “suggest” Felix should act, is a “stereotype” as well? 🙂

When will people stop trying to make others act as they say, and just accept someone for themselves, however they are, act, or look?

Jared
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Jared

2012 America: everyone has something to say or complain about something. All I have to say is I respect and adore Ron Carlivatti more and more.

ashlee
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ashlee

I am having a really hard time with this. So, gay people want representation on these shows. And when they show a gay man with lipstick, controversy erupts. Um…gay men do that! They choose to be effiminate and do things as women. They are called queer for a reason. So why the anger? The truth hurts sometimes. Its like holding up a mirror and not liking what you see. Who has the power to change that? YOU! And what is up with Ron? Defensive much? How would it sound if a straight writer went on a rant like that…“My name… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Exciteable.

Patrick
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Patrick

“They are called Queer, for a reason.”

per your words…. “This is the height of arrogance and ignorance.”

susan M.
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susan M.

I see nothing wrong with Felix…..Or the storyline of this particular story…

ashlee
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ashlee

I cannot name another time ever in history when I have heard ANY writer of ANY show be so callous and cold to fans in a public forum! A writer saying SHAME ON YOU to a fan??? That is the height of arrogance and ignorance!! Writers are behind the scenes and only keep their job if they do it well. I dont give two hoots who Ron Carlivati chooses to sleep with! The fact that he spoke out in the manner he did is utterly disgusting!

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Oh Ashlee, get a grip. We live in a twitter/blog world and Ron is just supposed to take the attacks? He can’t defend himself? What Ron said is perfectly justifiable in defense of Felix. I can’t believe you this upset over what Ron said. You have a teeny tiny threshold for outrage let me tell you. Also, by Ron telling us his private life, maybe someone didn’t know that he is gay and feel that here’s another straight writer throwing stereotypes out there. Heck, I can think of a million stereotypes of someone who spells there name with two ‘e’s… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

@Ashlee: Ron Carlivati had as much right to reply to the writer of the blog, as the writer of the blog did to express his opinions publicly. That’s what’s so great about this country we live in, there’s this thing called freedom of speech. And that right applies to everyone, not just some people. The writer of the blog passed judgment on a character after one episode, and based on a written review from another site. It’s obvious he didn’t even see the character of Felix, and that he doesn’t watch the show. So why shouldn’t Ron have the opportunity… Read more »

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Has anyone been to this website/blog in question??? Talk about stereotypes! First you see countless well-built men with Torso’s of greek gods. Isn’t that a huge stereotype in inself. I’m gay, do I look like that? Um…no. Just like straight people who are all different, so are gay people. Some gays even voted for Romney. Some gays don’t like Madonna, Gaga, or Liza! Sheesh! I thought Ron’s response was right on point. How come they didn’t bash Bold & Beautiful which ACTUALLY takes place in the fashion and has yet to establish a gay presence? Ok, Joanna Johnson and Crystal… Read more »

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Oops, I meant to say…Frank VALENTINI.

Shodanfan
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Shodanfan

I’d like to see more of Felix before I make a judgement. But I gotta agree with Frank Valenti, some people can be too uptight. I’m not a gay guy, but as a lesbian it bugs me sometimes when some fans get so upset about showing a gay or lesbian character as anything but “straight” acting/ appearing. Now if Felix were only shown as a two-dimensional nelly-queen with no other purpose than to provide comedy and ridicule, than I would probably be offended. Most people don’t really fit “stereotypes” most of the time, but occasionally sometimes people do do stereotypical… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

I just figured he was a female empersonator that would love to perform at the Nurses Ball! I can’t put “gay” and “lipstick” together… that’s a whole ‘nother thing. Either cross dresser or female empersonator, or crossgender, or what have you. But I don’t ever see a guy with lipstick in his pocket and think ‘oh hey, he’s gay’. That’s just not the deal. The character just lit up when the gal mentioned the nurses ball and performing…. and he seemed to be selling the lipstick to her, or least the shade (which wasn’t her shade btw) so I was… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

oh and another deal with him being a female empersonator… he would for sure know how to make someone look more girly – or vamp it up – like the gal with the crush on Patrick. GH’s ugly better (except you can clearly she’s really cute, just in dire need of a hair do make over and maybe different eye wear or just contacts! 🙂

Christy
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Christy

ugly better = ugly Betty!

silly fingers!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

It would not surprise me that a nurse might have a lipstick or lotion or other comfort item to help a sick patient feel pretty when the body is failing. The best nurses are compassionate and thoughtful that way. What does it have to do with being gay?

We are so sensitive these days. To determine that this new GH character is a pure stereotype seems a bad call.

Robert
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Robert

Well said Frank!

Robert
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Robert

Well said Ron! Shamefull how members of our own community can be the most untolerant!

Laurie
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Laurie

Yes well said Ron! Love the character, love the show!!

David
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David

I am taking a wait and see approach to Felix.

Marisa
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Marisa

It has been two days and I LOVE this character FELIX He has charisma on the screen. Good job Ron and team! I just wish you would brig back Joe Scully for Tracy and Connie!!!! Talk about CHEMISTRY!!!!

Lugo
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Lugo

I am a gay man and I am by no means a “lipstick wielding” , make over loving stereotype. But the truth is, a number of gay men are and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. why is their such an outrage over a portrayal that is in some instances correct. we’re not all macho manly men who love men. some of us are more in touch with our feminine sides so i dont understand the problem when a gay man is portrayed as such on tv and movies. its not an insult or slap across our collective homosexual faces.… Read more »

Pickles
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Pickles

This entire controversy is insane. Felix wasn’t WEARING THE DAMNED LIPSTICK. He happen to have it in his pocket. And there was absolutely NOTHING effeminate. about him. No one even asked WHY he had lipstick in his pocket. They just went crazy and off the rails. It’s 2012 people, we are not THAT precious. Felix is a gay man, a nurse, who sells makeup as a means to pay for his education. That doesn’t make him a drag queen or effeminate or any of those other terms that don’t apply. All the readers on Towleroad and many here just made… Read more »

William
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William

I wasn’t so much offended as a gay man by Felix as I was offended as a soap fan who likes his shows to push the envelope and create unique characters rather than simply putting forth the same thing we’ve seen a million times. But they don’t call this HW “ReRon” for nothing. If he can repeat a soap cliche or even repeat himself, he’ll do it as if soap fans are mindless enough to lap it up. And apparently, many are. This regime can’t even get their portrayals of women into the 1950’s so it doesn’t shock me that… Read more »

Big Daddy
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Big Daddy

As a straight african american man who has a boatload of gay friends, I love the character of Felix and I hope we get to see more of him. And if certain people seem offended by the character, here’s a simple solution…CHANGE THE DAMN CHANNEL!!!! DUH!!!!

renay
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renay

I agree.

renay
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renay

I like the character “Felix”. I am happy to see more diversity on daytime television.

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A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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