It’s been said for decades that some of the best acting in the industry comes from soaps, so when a primetime performer tweeted some choice words about soaps, fans and Eric Braeden weren’t having it.
“I love and hate being forced to watch soap operas in the waiting room at doctor’s,” tweeted actor Daniel Newman. “God the whispering fake acting…fake pauses…fake over acting expressions. Painfully funny and just painful.”
Well, that was enough to unite Soap Twitter, an often contentious “place” on the social media site where fan factions argue and debate. And after Soap Twitter took issue with Newman’s tweet, he deleted it several hours later.
But by then, it was too late. Too many people had seen the original (including this writer), re-tweeted it, and took screenshots just in case. Since Newman did delete it, the “just in case” action was apparently a good move.
According to IMDB, Daniel Newman is an actor, model, and musician with a recurring role as Daniel on The Walking Dead. He’s also appeared Homeland, The Vampire Diaries, and Heroes.
Fans were also surprised that Newman chose to illustrate his point by using a gif image of acclaimed soap performer Rick Hearst, the only actor to appear on all four soaps still currently on the air, and a Daytime Emmy winner for his role as Alan-Michael on Guiding Light back in the 90s.
One fan with the Twitter handle “Niktor Newman” tweeted a screenshot of the real-life Newman’s words, tagging such actors as Eric Braeden.
Well, Braeden was on a very long flight back to the States after an extended vacation and was tweeting away through much of it. When he spotted this disrespect for soap actors from Daniel Newman, he didn’t hold back and said his piece in a very Victor Newman way.
“Before you open your arrogant, condescending mouth, why don’t you try it, boy?” Braeden responded.
You can see Braeden’s tweet, as well as responses from fans below. Even longtime As the World Turns vet Colleen Zenk came out to play. (Warning: There will be profanity, as Soap Twitter never holds back.)
Before you open your arrogant, condescending mouth, WHY DON’T YOU TRY IT, BOY!!!!
— Eric Braeden (@EBraeden) October 15, 2018
Get a real job. If you can. #weworkourassesoff
— Colleen Zenk (@ColleenZenk) October 15, 2018
— Stephanie. (@qsteph) October 15, 2018
Ah so I see Eric Braeden was the one that spanked Daniel Newman’s ass. He got the right one baby!!! https://t.co/64vfaFnGfB
— Jillian (@jillianbowe) October 15, 2018
That awkward moment when that nobody actor from The Walking Dead feels the full fury of #soaptwitter then deletes his tweet and runs away rather than cop to his fuck up. @DanielNewman is about to learn just how long of a memory soap fans have 😂
— It’s The Great Llamacorn, Charlie Brown! (@CaitSoapMusings) October 15, 2018
I guess someone pointed out that Robert de Nero and James Earl Jones got their start in this wonderful genre? There is no wrath like a soap fan defending their faves.
— L Mullin (@louisemullin) October 15, 2018
You don’t have to be ignorant. What they have to do on a daily basis in terms of memorizing and only having one take to get it done is not easy..it’s cool you don’t like soaps but don’t belittle the work of others making a living just like you.
— Tricia (@Tricia_AR25) October 15, 2018
— Amanda Nicole (@AmandaNicole047) October 15, 2018
Just not cool, dude. They work just as hard as you do. If not harder.
— PJ (@PJJJSage) October 15, 2018
Robert DeNiro & Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Ryan Phillippe, James Earl Jones, Brad Pitt, Meg Ryan, Josh Duhamel among others have all starred or started their careers in soaps.
I rest my case, now have a seat.
— Ariet (@arietalp) October 15, 2018