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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

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This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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It might have been a credible discussion between two Black mothers, if not for one thing…. One of them is the police commissioner, which means she’s actually in a position to do something about it. If she thinks there are racist cops in the PCPD who would have treated TJ or Trina differently than she treated Cameron, then isn’t it up to her to get rid of the racist cops? Of course the problem with the PCPD is that they have exactly one cop on active duty right now, and he just literally rejoined the department after recovering (we hope)… Read more »

Soaphound
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Oh Satan, I don’t know. On one hand, I appreciated the effort but something about it felt forced. You’re right, though. Write a racist cop story and let Jordan deal with THAT. And Dante? He’s back to being the town idiot, jumping to all the wrong conclusions and trying to arrest the wrong people. Chase was never as foolish-looking as Dumb Dante, even with the same basic dialogue. I didn’t miss Dante and I winced when he rejoined the force. It’s like actually feeling your brain cells die off…slowly.

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Totally agree! My guess is they went as far as they thought the sponsors and network would tolerate. I was waiting for Jordan’s existential crisis about being part of the problem, but I kind of knew they couldn’t get there. I was impressed that they did it at all, given how alt-right the most vocal element of the soap fan base is skewing these days. I thought it was pretty good, all things considered.

Dennis M
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Dennis M

Who says she’s not attempting to get rid of the racist cops (offscreen)? The writers’ simply chose to touch on the issue, not delve deep. Their intentions were good and relevant. I’m surprised they “went there” at all.

Rodd
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Rodd

I was glad to see GH finally talk about this. Jordan is in a prime position to note the disparities she witnesses in her department. And having Portia and Trina weigh in provided different levels and opportunities to enlighten people. I just wish that could have gone full force they have been on “Gray’s Anatomy” and “Station 19”. You really had to read into what the characters weren’t saying. I’m sure the censors held them back. Hope it’s not a one and done conversation. We so need to keep the education and discussion going.

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JJ

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, when soaps actually did social issue storylines, this could have touched on a whole story that enveloped a lot of the cast.

On today’s soaps, this felt forced, inserted, and very out of context. The climate is too charged. I get that soaps still occasionally try to insert something relevant … but I think this a bit exploitative and indulgent.

Bob
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Bob

They weren’t just talking about white privilege, they were talking about white supremacy and anti-Black racism, and gesturing to the routine murders of Black people by police. I think it does a bit of a disservice to these powerful scenes to describe the subject matter as “white privilege” and “bias” when they were talking about something so much more severe than that.

Dennis M
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Dennis M

All you naysayers. The scenes were great and bravo to GH for addressing the issue.

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B&B’s Heather Tom Throws Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon

This year, saw the return of the annual ladies lunch were as is tradition, last year’s winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, throws a luncheon for this year’s nominees.

The reigning women’s champ, now six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom (Katie) got this year’s nominees in the category together for a celebration which included: General Hospital’s Genie Francis (Laura), Finola Hughes (Anna), and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), along with B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) and Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).

On Friday, both Francis and Grahn shared pics from the event on their social media accounts.  You can check them out below.

Then, take our poll below: Which actress do you hope takes home the gold next Friday night on the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS? Let us know via the comment section, as well.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Peter’s On Ice, But Is He “Dead” Dead?

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital provided more to the back-story of what Finn (Michael Easton) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) did with Peter’s (Wes Ramsey) body after Finn tussled with the guy and Peter fell down the stairwell and hitting his head on the wall, to his supposed death.

In story, Liz became worried when thinking back to how she suggested to Finn – and that they carried out –  putting Peter’s body in a freezer in the sub-basement of the hospital.

As she recalls their plot (to keep Peter’s body from being discovered until they have time to move him permanently), Anna  (Finola Hughes) is on the move of the hospital and uncovers a hidden service elevator that might just take her to the sub-basement, where she could discover Peter’s lifeless body.

But hold the phone! While we know it was revealed that Wes Ramsey departed GH, could it be that Anna could discover the freezer with no sign of Peter in it? Do you really think his reign of terror is over given that he is Cesar Faison’s bio-son?

Share your thoughts: Do you think Peter is really dead, or will the character come back to haunt everyone and try to get revenge on all who tried to stand in his way of Maxie and his child? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Sofia Mattsson Reveals Pregnancy

Well, the cat is out of the bag, sort of speak.  GH’s Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) took to her Instagram to finally reveal that she is pregnant in real-life!

That comes on the heels of General Hospital fans watching the story unfold on-screen where Sasha learned she was pregnant with Brando’s  (Johnny Wactor) child.

Mattsson shared a photo of herself with her baby bump expressing: “BIG things happening!! 🙈 So happy and excited to finally share this (almost ready to pop) bump with everyone!! 🥰❤️.Kept it a secret for a while to not spoil anything for GH viewers, but now that miss Sasha Gilmore’s pregnancy is in full force I can finally share that I’m so grateful to be sharing this pregnancy journey with her! ❤️”

Sofia is married to actor Thomas Payton.  This is the couple’s first child.

So, share your congrats to Sofia and Thomas for their baby on the way via the comment section below.

 

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