Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“Days of Our Lives” Star Melissa Reeves Under Fire for Anti-BLM Likes On Social Media, Not Apologizing Fast Enough


It’s really a soap opera over at NBC soap  “Days of our Lives.” Actress Melissa Reeves, who’s been on the show on and off since 1985 and plays a central character, is under fire on social media. On Twitter she “liked” comments against Black Lives Matter made by right wing pundit Candace Owens, who herself is black but has made a career out saying and writing ugly stuff.

Owens’ comments were decidedly against Black Lives Matter. And Reeves, who has noted conservative views in the past, agreed with them. The result is a firefight among soap fans. Even worse, Reeves immediately drew the ire of a fellow castmate, Linsey Godfrey, who denounced Owens and criticized Reeves. Godfrey is white, but she was joined in her views by actor Lamon Archey, who is black. He’s one of three regular black actors on “Days,” out of a cast of 40.

Godfrey’s attack is commendable considering she’s a newer addition to the cast and doesn’t have that much leverage. Reeves is one of about a dozen “permanent” players. Insiders say she’s on now right in a supporting role but has a big storyline coming up in the fall. Godfrey, who’s much younger than Reeves, seems like a dedicated activist and isn’t going to give up the fight. Reeves, meanwhile, is taking a long time to fix her PR situation or apologize. Even though soap fans are largely conservative, this may spell trouble for her in the long term.

Godfrey writes on Twitter today: “There is no difference in opinion when it comes to racism, homophobia, transphobia or xenophobia There is no difference in opinion when it comes to racism, homophobia, transphobia or xenophobia If you disagree, you’re a part of the problem. It’s says A LOT about you. We see you.”

“Days” is averaging around 1.7 million viewers a week since the pandemic started, down from around 2 million. But that’s better than ABC’s  “General Hospital,” which has stopped reporting ratings since going into reruns. They’re said to be around 1.2 million or lower.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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