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General Hospital’s Tabyana Ali Sends a Message and Stands Up to Online Haters

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Following this past weekend’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital’s Tabyana Ali took to X to respond once again to online haters who have continued to post racist comments about her on social media.

Since joining GH back in 2022 as a recast for the role of Trina Robinson, and then venturing into the on-screen inter-racial romance with Spencer Cassadine (played by Nicholas Chavez), Ali has found herself on the receiving end of negative comments.

On Sunday, Tabyana took to her X account and shared these messages, “To anyone that hates me. That’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety, and prosperity… I also pray you touch some grass, see the sun, eat a delicious meal, and find something to do. Peace and love.” She then added, “If you see anybody sending hate, send a ‘🪞’ so they can reflect on themselves and start becoming the person the Lord intend!”

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Next, she expressed, “Okay this is the last time I’m going to speak on this today but we cannot be feeding in to peoples hate. We cannot be giving it back. We cannot stoop to rude/racist people’s level. It doesn’t help. We are fighting too many wars as it is. I believe we will have our world peace. But we got to find another way to fight. I’ve realized ignoring doesn’t help but neither does giving the energy back. We’re going in circles and that doesn’t get us anywhere. Everybody might not agree with me but thats okay. I just want to let ‘those’ people know, I see you.”

Finally, Tabyana wrote,  “Im sorry that this is the away you feel like you have to be seen. I’m sorry that life isn’t happening how you want. But if you found something you loved to do other than hurting people. You would never have the energy to say what you’ve been saying to people ONLINE! I promise life is more beautiful and peaceful and full when you give people and yourself LOVE. I pray you don’t meet God and find yourself disappointed when he shows you the life you could’ve had, if all you had to do was stop giving out that type of energy and just went OUTSIDE!”

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Following her posts, The Gates co-executive producer and writer, Michele Val Jean responded in kind on X and said,  “But my question here is – why would anyone hate you?” And by the way, this question is rhetorical. I don’t expect you to answer it. It’s there for the haters to examine their biases about why there would be animosity toward a talented, personable, young black woman for doing her job and taking up space on the planet.”

Share your thoughts on Tabyana’s messages to her online haters who have spewed racist comments her way, and the current social media landscape we all live in, via the comment section below.

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My first suggestion is to get off of “X”. Threads is a much better place to be.

She’s been on the receiving end of racist abuse from racist fans from the start. It just keeps getting worse, ignoring it won’t make it go away. Frank.

It’s sickening how fans have treated her on these forms.

People are jealous..

She seems like a very mature, secure, lovely young lady. Also graceful and dignified.

Tabyana has been doing a wonderful job as Trina! I have to wonder why people find it so necessary to write or even speak such mean things. Can only pray for their recovery from whatever affliction they have. In the meantime, this brilliant young lady does not deserve this negativity, so just stop it!

Haters are going to hate, so glad you han

Haters are going to hate, you handled them with dignity!! Do you and forget them, and their pitiful lives!! Would love to see you on the new soap on CBS THE GATES!!!

I am a 75 years young viewer for about 58 years. You are doing a great job and the responses you gave show that outer beauty is not your only beauty!

Frank and ABC need to make a public statement.

They can make statements, but that won’t stop people from being racists unfortunately.

That’s true, but it might mean something to Tabyana.

Good for Tabyana for standing up for herself. People think they can say whatever they want to whoever they want these days, cause they can hide behind their phone or computer screen, and not have to answer for their words. Particularly on that rotten cesspool formerly known as Twitter.

I’ve witnessed some of these disgusting and in some cases outright racist comments about and directed towards Tabyana on social media and various other forums. The ones that have a big problem with a white person and a black person having a romantic relationship, as if we were living in 1950 instead of 2024.

It’s one thing to not like a character on a TV show, everyone has the right to like or dislike whatever they choose to. But when it crosses that line into personal attacks, there should be no room for that anywhere in civilized society.

This is not about “haters”! It’s about racists using dehumanizing speech.

Racists are haters.

Such grace! You got this! God got you!

Well, I am not on any social media except right here on Michael’s “sites”. Tabyana is a mediocre actress. My opinion. It makes me neither a hater nor a racist. If I were, I would not ask for Sydney back to play Trina.
Perhaps, it’s you, Tabyana, who should get off social media. The audience has its preferences. Many like you. Many do not. It’s part of the job.

People are entitled to their opinions, like you expressed here, Celia. Nothing wrong with that. I happen to disagree with you on Tabyana, but that’s ok. People can disagree respectfully, at least they used to be able to, anyway.

It’s the people out there that, unfortunately, can’t keep it just to their opinions and have to cross the line into personal attacks, and yes, racist attacks in some cases. I’ve read some of it with my own eyes, including very recently on another soap forum. I think most actors understand that some people won’t like them or the characters they play. Yes, that’s part of the job. But dealing with hateful personal/racist attacks is not part of any job.

Thank you for your civility, Dan. As you said—we all have our favorites. People can be cruel and it is a shame that racism still exists in this century. I have nothing against this girl. I liked Sydney as Trina. Tabyana does not have that spark of “Je ne sais quoi” for me.

She shouldn’t have to get off social media. Nor should she not clap back at racists trolls. Why don’t YOU get off social media? Flight is not a response to racism and bullying. Naming and shaming is. There are actors and actresses’ on soaps I can’t stand to. I just wish they’d be sent off into the sunset but I don’t post nasty, negative attacks against the actual character portrayers, and no one has a right to EVER do that. You’re a mediocre poster. Now you’re annoyed and ready to clap back. Are you getting it yet?

Isn’t that calling the kettle black? I will not dignify your idiocy with an answer. How old are you?Keep whining, big boy.—stuck in limbo much????? LOL —You seem to share the same whining quality.

Her co-star, Nancy Lee Grahn, should take a lesson from this classy young lady!!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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