Brett Claywell announced via his Facebook page that he would run the New York City Marathon Nov. 7. The former One Life to Live star said he would do so to fulfill a life-long dream, as well as to support Grassroots Soccer, which helps fight against HIV and AIDS in Africa. To read Claywell’s full statement or make a donation, visit Brett Claywell’s Fundraising Page.
Excited by the historic (and joyous) overruling of Prop 8, celebs have taken to Twitter to sing kumbaya and bask in the triumph of equality. The Hollywood ABC blog has compiled a list of their responses. Among them were three soap actors -- Michael Muhney (Y&R), Scott Evans (ex-OLTL) and Brett Claywell (OLTL). The latter two comments were especially bittersweet, since their own historic gay storyline on One Life to Live was given the shaft by panicked ABC execs buckling to bigotry. Here's what those three actors said (Scott Evans' is my personal favorite):
Prop 8 over-freaking-turned! Here's to ANYONE in love enjoying the right to marry. The good guys won this time!
With all the war and hunger and poverty, it's great to know that some still simply believe in love. Congratulations California! Equality is not [a] privilege. It's a human right!
What an incredible day. Not over, but what a huge step. Suck on that Prop 8 "yes" voters.
And as a non-celeb, if I may add my own: CONGRATULATIONS to all the couples in California who can now do what they should have been allowed to do all this time. May the rest of the country follow suit, and may this someday just all be a triumphant chapter in the history of American civil rights.
Last year I loved One Life to Live’s Kish storyline, which followed the relationship of Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) and Oliver Fish (Scott Evans). It was probably my favorite love story I’ve ever seen on soaps. It was just a great romantic saga , that happened to be between two men, which, in today’s world, is a big deal, but I loved that OLTL didn’t treat it like it was.
TPTB didn’t treat Kish any differently than their other couples. They weren’t kept segregated from the rest of the canvas, which often happens when a show introduces gay characters. Individually, Kyle and Fish were just as well-rounded as the other characters. They weren’t just in Lanview to “be gay.”
This week in daytime,
I wondered if All My Children's Zach (Thorsten Kaye) and Kendall (Alicia Minshew) fans were steaming mad about their couple's onscreen reunion, of sorts. Not being a Zendall fan myself I expect it had to be more than a little bittersweet to see a favorite couple return, only to dissolve before our eyes like a hairball in a drain pipe attacked by Draino. My sympathies are with you Zendall fans.
Monday was Scott Evans (Oliver Fish) and Brett Claywell’s (Kyle Lewis) last day together as OLTL's popular pairing Kish. I found the courtroom scenes to be touching and was oh so glad that Gigi (Farah Fath) decided to stop fighting for custody of Sierra Mist. After everything that has happened I am glad to see Kish get their “happy ending,” but it doesn’t excuse the atrocious way ABC and One Life to Live handled their departure. What did you think of Kish’s final scenes together?
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