VIDEO: Luke & Noah's Gay Mistletoe Kiss Cut?
The tender love story of Luke and Noah on CBS' "As the World Turns" continues to delight me. Unfortunately, I am beginning to wonder if that sad bunch of homophobic losers who keep writing to the network and the show sponsor Procter & Gamble (now you know why they call them soap operas) to complain about having gay characters on the daytime drama actually had an impact on the way the storyline is being treated.
Following a headline-grabbing summer when Luke and Noah made television history with the first ever daytime gay male kiss in America, the gay characters have been reduced to appearing once per week or even more seldom.
Furthermore, yesterday's tender moment under the mistletoe was interrupted by the camera panning into the mistletoe and then the entire moment being ruined by Luke's father. Earlier, Luke's sister interrupted yet another kiss.
Perhaps if the producers continue in this direction, pretty soon we'll get back to those embarrassingly lame gay moments from the 1980s ("Dynasty's" Steven comes to mind) when gay men would only hug on TV.
Britain is a long way ahead of the US - the nation's first soap opera gay kiss was televised in 1989 on the popular drama "EastEnders." The show "Brookside" followed suit with the first lesbian kiss in 1993.