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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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Satan
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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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Bob

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.

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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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.

Days Of Our Lives

Daytime Stars Attend the ‘Hollywood Christmas Parade’ 2021 (PHOTOS)

Sunday night after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Christmas Parade returned for its 89th edition to mark the tinseltown start to the holiday season.

Several stars of your favorite soaps were participating and riding down in cars on the parade route in front of the crowd on Hollywood Boulevard.

General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) appeared along with former cast member, Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke).

The Bold and the Beautiful was represented by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), Sean Kanan (Deacon), and former B&B star, Andrea Evans (Ex-Tawny).  Days of our Lives was represented by Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Judi Evans (Bonnie) on the parade route.  The Young and the Restless’ Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Kate Linder (Esther) also attended, as did Patrika Darbo (Ex-Days, Ex- B&B).

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The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood served as grand marshal of the parade, and her co-host from the daytime talk show, Jerry O’Connell, also made an appearance.

The parade will be broadcast as a two-hour special on The CW December 17th at 8 p.m. EST.

Check out some photos from the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2021 below.

Then, let us know, who were you most happy to see getting the chance to hang out with Santa? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!
Real life love-birds, GH's Wes Ramsey and Laura Wright.
Dressed in the holiday spirit ... Y&R's Kate Linder.
GH's Tristan Rogers strikes a pose with Santa!
B&B's Sean Kanan along with wife, Michele Kanan, and their oh-so-adorable dog!
Santa had no idea he is standing next to thee Sheila Carter! B&B's Kimberlin Brown with the man of the hour.
The Talk's Jerry O'Connell and Sheryl Underwood.
DAYS Judi Evans and Deidre Hall with their very special guest, Santa!
GH's Carolyn Hennesy has a new friend!
Soap favorites: Patrika Darbo (Days, B&B) and Ian Buchanan (GH, B&B, AMC).
Driving down the parade route, DAYS and Fifth Dimension favorites, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
DAYS Deidre Hall and Judi Evans snapping some pics on their parade route.
B&B's Kimberlin Brown accompanied by former B&B star, Andrea Evans and her daughter, Kai, riding down Hollywood Blvd.
The GH car with Ian Buchanan, Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey heads down Hollywood Blvd too!
Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What Will Happen When Port Charles Finds Out What Happened to Jason? (PROMO)

This week on ABC’s General Hospital look for the news of Jason (Steve Burton) being buried under the rubble in the cave explosion on Cassadine Island to have a ripple effect for his family and loved ones.

In the latest promo, Drew (Cameron Mathison) looks to deliver that news to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and her new beau, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna).  Then, Anna (Finola Hughes) delivers Jason’s fate to Sonny (Maurice Benard) as food goes a-flying! Finally, Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) has the task to report to Carly (Laura Wright) what happened to Carly’s bestie and almost husband!

How will Carly get through losing Jason and as she gets closer to the truth that Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Sonny had a romantic past and lingering feelings for each other, while the two were in Nixon Falls?  Will it all be too much for her to bear?

What will happen with Sam, now that Jason is gone, Drew is back ,and she is a new relationship with Dante?

Then, who will become Sonny’s hitman with no Jason around?  These are major questions left to be answered with the departure of the character of Jason from the GH canvas.

So, let us know what you think the fallout will be when Jason’s loved ones learn what happened to him? Do you think GH plans to recast the role, given that the pandemic is not going away anytime soon? Let us now via the comment section, but first check out ‘said’ ABC promo below.

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Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson Share Disagreement with Each Other Over Vaccine Mandate; Will Continue ‘Stone Cold and the Jackal’ Shows In 2022

On the latest episode of their That’s Awesome podcast with Steve and Bradford, released over the Thanksgiving holiday, General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Steve Burton (Ex-Jason Morgan) took some moments to address how Steve’s decision to not adhere to the ABC and GH Covid-19 vaccine mandate (which caused the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star to be let go from the show) would affect their live shows, podcasts, content moving forward, as well as if it has caused a riff in their friendship.

When addressing listeners of the podcast, Anderson shared the the two would continue on with their projects, but that he disagreed with Burton’s decision to not follow the GH vaccine mandate.

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Bradford expressed: “If you know us, and know are brand, if you will, it’s built on friendships, and like all friends, we have disagreements.  I disagree with Steve’s decision and he knows that. But over are years of friendships, we have had plenty of discussions about this and other topics, and sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but at the end of the day we are still friends.”

Steve added: “We usually don’t get into decisive things on the show.  Look, I have a right to believe in what I want, and you have a right to believe in what you want, and that’s what makes this country great and we have never been about division.”  In addition, Steve was clear that he has not agreed to any interviews at this time on the subject of his exit, and that he is already moving on, sharing: “I am just grateful for my time at General Hospital and the people and the friendships I have made there, especially with the fans.  I have had an incredible life. Listen, I’m OK. I’m at peace. I ‘m moving forward and I am excited about it.  Like I said in my video, when one door closes, multiple doors open, and that’s what happened already.  I’ve gotten a lot of requests for interviews that I don’t want to do, because I don’t want division … that’s the bottom line.”

Look for Anderson and Burton to hit the road in 2022 and continue with their successful Stone Cold and the Jackal live comedy show and appearances.

What did you think about how Steve and Bradford addressed their disagreement on the vaccine mandate within the podcast? Will you be seeing Steve and Bradford live if they come to your town in 2022? Comment below.

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