Daytime Confidential's 10 Worst Soap Couples of 2009
No. 1: Adam and Rafe, The Young and the Restless
If the brass at The Young and the Restless wanted to get us to stop begging them to write storylines for anyone other than heterosexual Caucasians, 2009 was quite a successful year for the sudser. There was, of course, the revolting Neil/Tyra/Devon catastrophe (Which just missed our Worst Couples List at Number 11.), but the way the blacks on Y&R were treated in 2009 was nothing compared to the shoddy treatment the gays received.
We won't even discuss the implications of revealing Phillip Chancellor III (Thom Bierdz) had faked his death and abandoned his young wife and infant son, just because, you know, he sorta thought his mom and stepmom would be intolerant, even though they never gave him any reason to feel this way. No, we won't discuss that. What we will discuss however, is the heavily-hyped "tryst" between Adam Newman (first Chris Engen, then-Michael Muhney) and Rafe Torres (Yani Gellman). Y&R received coverage in every major gay magazine, not to mention tons of mainstream press, due to this storyline, yet when it was all said and done, the brass pulled a chicken shit move and didn't even allow Rafe and Adam to kiss onscreen. Lame. So that was what all the fuss was about? Engen walked mid-contract— allegedly in large part over concerns about this story twist— and all we got were a few awkward hair strokes and Rafe's bottom lip being molested by Blind Adam? Both Adam and Rafe's characters were completely, irrevocably destroyed, for this? Y&R's storytelling made it look like an educated, seemingly sane, gay man was so hard up he would forget his aunt was being framed for for a little game of straight bait, meanwhile, in Y&R's world view, the most repulsive thing a desperate, straight criminal could do to keep his secret was (gulp!) sleep with an attractive young, gay man?
If that wasn't bad enough— which trust us, it was— Adam's bisexual experimenting was actually cited by the Newmans as more proof of his sociopathic leanings!
Victoria to Nikki upon learning her brother was "gay": That explains so much [Giggle].
Um, yeah, what exactly did that explain Vic? Go brush your hair!
If this is Y&R's example of gay love in the afternoon we think they should leave all attempts at diverse storytelling to the pros over at One Life to Live.