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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 »

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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.

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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.

Rose
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Rose

I watch to escape the 24/7 news, fake news, current events. As of today after Alexis talking racism again with her sentencing judge is no different than that horrible Mainstream media. Go back to evil twin, relationship drama with some humor. Been watching since the 70’s & this is a total turn off

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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Rose, your ignorance and racism is SCREAMING in this comment. Soaps have always been about socially relevant and topical issues, and this is a social, topical one, and it needs to be told.

rose
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Rose…Like you I watch soaps to have a time out on the “real” world. I’m sure each of us has our turn-off subjects. For me anything to do with addiction. And while the acting was very good, the altzimers (excuse the spelling) story on GH and Steffy on B&B were fast forwards for me. But I still think there is a place to address social issues that have real life implications. So I have no problem with some cross over…as long as they don’t dwell on them. On this note I think the discussions on racial on GH from Trina,… Read more »

Janet keller
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Janet keller

Please stop the black vs white crap on general hospital. We have heard enough and I am sick of it. To tell you the truth it’s making white people to hate blacks. Your going to start riots if u keep this crap up. As far as white people we never had a problem with blackes till blm broke our statues and ripped our history down. Pushing this on people is going to start major crap cuz were ALL SICK OF IT.

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GH’s Avery Pohl on Esme’s Return: “She’s Using Her Time Wisely and Waiting For The Right Moment to Strike”

Next week, Esme Prince (Avery Pohl) is back lurking around Port Charles.  When viewers last saw Esme, she went over the parapet at Wyndemere during a showdown with Ava (Maura West).

For months, GH fans have been eagerly awaiting to see just how and when Esme would return to get revenge, or find out what she is after.  From the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, it looks like the wait is over.

In dishing with SOD on her on-screen return, Pohl shared that Esme is, “essentially on the run.”  However, she adds, “Esme is aware of the circumstances she’s put herself in.  She is aware that people are going to to be after her.  She’s not dumb.”

Just what’s in store for Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Ava, Trina (Tabyana Ali), Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) now that Esme is back?

As Esme’s plan begins to reveal itself, Pohl shares: “Before she goes right back into the thick of it, she scopes things out.  She’s using her time wisely and waiting for the right moment to strike.”

So, are you glad that finally Avery Pohl is back on GH as Esme? What do you hope happens next? Who do you think is Esme’s biological mother? Do you want her to get her comeuppance from the Cassadine clan and Trina? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Shares Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

In celebration of beginning her 27th year as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, decided to mark the occasion by revealing to her longtime fans an excerpt from her upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Taking to her official Facebook page, Nancy shared the excerpt starting with contained some of the back-history of her soap opera alter-ego : “I play the role of Alexis Davis. I am a public defender, prosecutor, personnel injury, civil, malpractice, tax and family attorney. I am the bastard child of Mikos Cassadine who died after being thrown into his own weather machine which he designed to freeze the world. My mother, Kristen Bergman was a famous opera singer whose throat was slit by my father’s wife, Helena. Unhappy with the turn of events, I hurled my frail 75 year old stepmother off a five hundred foot parapet slamming her onto jagged rock only for her to walk away unscathed. Even more determined, I shoved her off a thousand foot cliff into the frigid subzero ocean. Helena not only survived unscathed, she apparently scaled 1000 feet up the cliff and continued to wreak havoc on Port Charles.”

Nancy closed the excerpt with some special acknowledgements: “Always so grateful to have an ongoing contract, my own parking space and people I’ve never met who come up to me regularly and tell me how much younger I look in person. It’s a gift that I have been able to and still get to do what I love to do for such a gloriously long time. I love my job the most because it is the job that gave me the security I needed to greenlight Kate as a single mother, raise her while being able to give her the things I dreamed of giving her, put her through school all the way through college, and will hopefully allow me to spoil my grandchildren. The enormous love & gratitude I have for ABC and Disney for allowing me the privilege of working for them is immeasurable. But the real truth is without the support from all of you, this day would not be what it is. As always, I see you and thank you.”

Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Now let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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