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A Critic’s Review Of The Bold and the Beautiful: Tired Stories & Shaming

The Bold and the Beautiful Critic's Review for August 15 – August 19, 2022The Bold and the Beautiful Critic's Review for August 15 – August 19, 2022

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

You know what direction I wish The Bold and the Beautiful would have gone in when it comes to the issue of Douglas Forrester’s (Django Ferri) custody? I wish that Brooke Logan Forrester (Katherine Kelly Lang) would champion Thomas Forrester’s (Matthew Atkinson) cause and that Taylor “World Renowned Psychologist” Hayes (Krista Allen) would have preached caution and the benefits of keeping the lad where he was.

But instead, Bold and Beautiful went with the tried and true (read: tired) us vs them, Forresters vs Logan’s approach. Then again, what do I know? I still think that Christopher should have been the schemer and John Ross the heroic underdog on Dallas 2.0.

Further B&B Musings

* Dear Steffy Forrester Finnegan, please grow up and stay out of your parents’ business. That is all.

Actually, that’s not all. Let me make sure to voice my disapproval over the scene in which Steffy and Taylor had the gall to slut shame Brooke. Granted, she earned the title ‘Slut From The Valley’ but Steffy and Taylor have no room to talk.

* I may be in the minority here, but the more Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) and Li Finnegan (Naomi Matsuda) chat with one another, the more convinced I am that pairing the two romantically would be a mistake. Bill is a serial cheater, liar, and attempted murderer, and he readily confessed that helping Li in her hour of need wasn’t exactly characteristic. Is that really the type of man Li would/should pursue?

* On The Bold and the Beautiful, the concept of sexual consent is obviously not paramount to the scriptwriters. After all, this is the soap opera whose leading man bedded two women while they were in no fit state to okay the act and one of them thought that he was a completely different person.

Still, I cannot help but be sickened by the decision to have Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) bed Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) under the guise of a stranger.

Deacon made it clear, abundantly clear, painfully clear that he had no interest in sleeping with Sheila. In point of fact, she threw herself at him so often – only to be rebuffed – that I wrote in a previous column it had gone from “cute” to full on sexual harassment.

Do I believe that Deacon would have turned Sheila down for the hundredth time if she had come to him as her true self? Yes, I do. Do I think that The Bold and the Beautiful did Deacon a disservice? You bet. Would I call it sexual assault? Definitely!

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