A few months ago a Young and the Restless actor quit after refusing to participate in a story line that involved his character kissing another man. A similar story has just unfolded over on the set of One Life to Live.
Patricia Mauceri — she’s played Carlotta Vega for the past 14 years — was just fired after her refusal to participate in a gay story line that conflicted with her personal religious beliefs. Mauceri and her character are both devout Christians. She explained to FOX News, “I did not object to being in a gay storyline. I objected to speaking the truth of what that person, how that person would live and breathe and act in that storyline. And this goes against everything I am, my belief system, and what I know the character’s belief system is aligned to.” So, I think what she’s saying is that her character, Carlotta Vega, would have expressed disapproval of homosexuality and the show’s producers scripted Vega as being more open-minded.
I don’t know what all the gay haterade is that seems to be milling around the soap opera world lately, but I do have a question for all of you: Should actors be able to refuse participation in a story line that doesn’t align with their values system and still expect to keep their jobs?
Mauceri is part of the actors’ union AFTRA; expect a lawsuit in three, two …