Patricia Mauceri is out, Saundra Santiago is in … and younger
This weekend soap boards were abuzz with news that U.S. daytime television apparently lost another actor due to a gay storyline. (Chris Engen left The Young and the Restless earlier this month, reportedly in part over having to kiss another man.) This time it is One Life to Live‘s Patricia Mauceri who is being replaced by Saundra Santiago.
To nutshell it for you, Maureci’s character (Carlotta Vega) was to have a "comedic" storyline in which she mistakenly believed her womanizing son Cristian (David Fumero, pictured below) was gay. Daytime Confidential reported that Mauceri personally objected to a gay-positive storyline while SoapCentral says not only was the actress already unhappy with the show, but the show might have deliberately provoked her into quitting.
Would you object if this man was gay?
Both sites, as well as Nelson Branco‘s The Suds Report, promise to have more on the controversy today.
If it turns out Mauceri truly objected to playing a gay storyline, then kudos to the show for giving her the ax. An actor isn’t hired to express their religious or personal beliefs, but to play a role.
That being said, Mauceri is perfectly within her free speech rights to voice her objections — at the risk of losing her job. As for those nuts claiming her rights are being violated by her being fired, try actually reading and understanding the U.S. constitution for a change.
But I have to say, I think there might have been a better way to handle Mauceri’s religious objections (if there were any). Frankly, I’d love to see this scene on daytime television.
INT Carlotta’s restaurant Buenos Dias. A weepy Carlotta sits across from Cristian.
CRISTIAN: I’m telling you for the last time, Ma, I’m not gay. But so what if I were? There’s nothing wrong with it.
CARLOTTA: Ay caramba! Where did I go wrong? It says it’s a sin right there in the Bible!
CRISTIAN: Where does it say that, Ma?
CARLOTTA (whips out a bible): Right here! Leviticus 20:13. "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them." See, right there!
CRISTIAN: Let me see that, Ma. (takes bible, starts flipping pages and reading) Okay, but Ma, it also says in Leviticus 11:9-12 that shellfish are an abomination.
CARLOTTA: Whuh? Does not!
CRISTIAN (reading): "And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you." (sniffs air, glances at kitchen) Is that paella I smell?
CARLOTTA: Um … that’s different…
CRISTIAN: And Leviticus 15:19 says "When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening." Good thing you’re menopausal, Ma, otherwise I might be "unclean" since I hugged you when I got here.
Oh, and here is something else, Leviticus 19:19 says "neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee." (Studies the shawl around Carlotta’s shoulders) Isn’t that the cotton/wool blend shawl I gave you last Christmas?
CRISTIAN: And don’t forget Ephesians 6:5.
CARLOTTA (sighing): What the *&#$ does that say?
CRISTIAN: "Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ;"
CARLOTTA: Well … those don’t count. There were reasons for those way back then.
CRISTIAN: But being gay is the same now? I think you’re being a hypocrite, Ma.
CARLOTTA (flushing): Don’t you have somewhere to be? Which unmarried woman are you sleeping with now? Evangeline? Sarah? Vanessa? Jessica? Natalie? You’re such a good boy!