When it comes to The Bold and the Beautiful, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days, we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of B&B’s week that was.
The Bold and the Beautiful: A Critic’s Week In Review
When it rains it pours. Last week, I had to defend myself against a rabid Bold and the Beautiful fan who accused me of being a Logan family lover. Now, I’m forced to defend myself against allegations of homophobia.
Here’s the complaint in full:
“While I would never rake somebody over the coals about fictional characters, I would definitely get right in your face if I could about your use of a homophobic slur in this article.
Don’t dare come back and say you do not recognize the slur. Your intention is clear. Do not claim you did not mean that word as a homophobic slur, as there is no other meaning to derive.
I am calling for an immediate revision of the language you chose to use while referencing Ridge’s fight with Deacon. I am also calling for the editors to take a hard look at their choice to hire such a writer who uses words so carelessly.”
And here’s the (supposedly) offending line that I penned in the column titled, A Critic’s Review of The Bold and the Beautiful: Addressing Fans Feedback:
“Leave it to punk Ridge to literally punch and attempt to kick Deacon when he’s distracted and down. Is it any wonder I am no fan of his as well?”
Now, first and foremost I am a gay man. Have been all my life.
But clearly, I’m a “bad gay” because I missed the meeting where LGTBQ+ officials declared the word “punk” homophobic. As to the claim that, “there is no other meaning to derive,” from the word punk, allow me to blow your mind with the following definition associated with the word: “a worthless person (often used as a general term of abuse)”
And I think, given that definition, most people who have watched The Bold and the Beautiful for more than six months would have to agree with me. Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) is a punk.
Ridge has been a punk since March 23, 1987 when he proposed to Caroline Spencer (Joanna Johnson) simply to get into her panties. He was a punk when he raped Caroline when she was married to his brother. He was a punk when he cuckolded his father. He was a punk when he cheated on Taylor Hayes (then, Hunter Tylo; now, Krista Allen) with Morgan DeWitt (Sarah Buxton) and then went around saying, “But Doc, the email sent from your account told me to knock her up. Please don’t be mad at me.” And he has most certainly been a punk as of late.
Any man who tells their wife that they are going to stand by them, and love them always, and who then turns right around and goes running to an ex to console him is nothing but a, “worthless person,” AKA a punk!
Further B&B Musings
* Hello Eric Forrester (John McCook)! Long time no see. Now, if you could just bring Quinn Fuller Forrester (Rena Sofer) along on your next visit to Casa Brooke I’d be forever grateful.
Can’t you just imagine the hell that Quinn would rightfully give Brooke Logan Forrester (Katherine Kelly Lang)?
* Here’s the thing. I’m not in the least bit invested in Carter Walton (Lawrence Saint-Victor) and Paris Buckingham’s (Diamond White) “elicit romance” because all that’s necessary for the storyline to wind down is for Carter to explain to Paris that her mother is meddling in their personal business, and for Paris to tell Grace Buckingham (Cassandra Creech) to butt-out and in no uncertain terms. Problem solved. I’m not interested in watching yet more characters behave like silly children.
* Whoever wrote Monday’s episode of The Bold and the Beautiful deserves an Emmy, pronto.
There was Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton) comparing Steffy Forrester Finnegan (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Thomas Forrester’s (Matthew Atkinson) actions to those undertaken by fifth-graders. Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle) admitted that she should have just adulted and moved out of Brooke’s guest house if she wanted a relationship with Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan). And Brooke realized that, hey, maybe I should have explained to Ridge why I was so personally invested in Hope getting to know her father and working with him on a compromise that worked for them both.
It’s like the characters were addressing complaints made by viewers head-on. Of course, all that goodwill was thrown out the window come Tuesday’s ep, but at least it was something.
And speaking of Steffy and Thomas…why, oh why are these two so desperate for their mother to be a man’s second choice? Shouldn’t they be encouraging Taylor to go find a new man, one who’ll always put her first? One who doesn’t have the baggage of two other women he thought were his “destiny.” Also, why would Taylor even want Ridge? He’s a punk!
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