Y&R's Kristoff St. John, "There Are No Black Writers, There Are No Black Producers or Directors"
The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John (Neil) and his precious 6-year-old daughter Lola visited Buzz Worthy Radio where St. John got real about the state of the Winters family and other Y&R issues. According to St. John, the lack of good storytelling for the Winters on Y&R isn't so much about what we see on our screens, but what is happening behind the scenes.
"There are no black writers. There are no black producers or directors."
PREACH! It is a sin and a shame that a soap opera that owes so much of its popularity to its black audience doesn't have any black people working behind the scenes. We can get a brother and sistah in the White House, but we can't get one on the Y&R staff?
St. John also admitted he enjoyed Lynn Marie Latham's tenure at the soap because the Winters clan were better utilized (This portion translated by the awesome Roger Newcomb at We Love Soaps.)
I really enjoyed the Lynn Marie Latham year and a half that she was there. Never did I work more. We were starting to get back to the roots of my character and my family. One thing that's mising in the Winter's family is the clan itself, and black culture. Lynn and I talked about that for quite some time. Let's put some church into it, some God, not too much, we don't want to ram it down anyone's throat, but you want to get something there. We need to be on par with the Newmans and Abbotts.
As much as it pains me to give LML any credit, the Winters were front and center during her run, that can't be denied. Although I don't know if having Dru (Victoria Rowell) in a straitjacket was much better than what we have going on now, but at least the Winters storyline was watchable. As much as I have loved seeing the Newmans, Chancellors and Abbotts restored under Auntie R Ri's direction, Y&R gets a big fatty F minus for it's lack of a proper story for the black characters and for not promoting diversity behind the scenes.