Thinking Fans Comment Update: Melanie isn’t buying the “poor Todd” routine … Jenn misses the days when “soaps relied on love and chemistry” … and more. See Comments below.
My friend, television journalist Ed Martin called me last week to congratulate me on my Todd and Marty: Way Beyond Merely Disgusting column, noting the amazing number of responses (53 and counting). It inspired Ed to write his own response in his own column on JackMyers.com. I’m encouraging all TFs to read it because, for his television business site, Ed brilliantly and with great clarity analyzes the choice to air the controversial Todd and Marty story as a deliberate network programming move.
Ed recognizes that the story offends women viewers and emphasizes the folly of the network in airing it, considering that the majority of One Life to Live‘s audience is women. That’s an awful lot of viewers to risk losing! He also scoops Marlena on another piece of OLTL misogny: the frequent close-ups of Jessica’s dead baby in another story aired at the same time. Ed writes: ”I don’t believe women want to see dead babies in their entertainment. Not ever.”
Ed has his opinions as a longtime viewer of OLTL, and this is where we differ. Despite the offenses he clearly sees, he still likes — no — loves the melodrama of the story and calls it great soap opera But Ed insists he can “compartmentalize” the nasty stuff and enjoy the show. Is this because my cherished old colleague is a man? Marlena’s disgust over Todd and Marty story clouds any enjoyment of the show.
I’m mad as hell! And I’m not going to take it any more! Watch this space in a few days as Marlena takes her and her readers’ disgust with this story directly to the highest level of ABC network management. Join me in the protest!