Tuesday, June 25, 2024

“General Hospital” Actor of 26 Years “No Longer Part of Cast” After Calling Four Star Transgender Admiral a “Dude” on Social Media


“General Hospital” has ousted actor Ingo Rademacher, who’s played Jasper Jacks for 25 years.

Actress/activist Nancy Lee Grahn, also with the soap for a quarter century, confirmed the news on Twitter. She wrote:

“The fellow actor, #IngoRademacher, is mercifully no longer a part of the #gh cast. Transphobia & misgendering are disgusting & should be unacceptable in any industry, including soaps/acting. I stand with my costar, @cassandrajames, & the trans community.”
Grahn’s Tweet was in response to a first one from trans actor Cassandra James, who plays a doctor on the show. James had written: “I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor. Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our GH family.
James continued: “Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us. The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”
Rademacher was already in hot water at ABC after continually posting anti-vax material, and calling his fans “bigots” and “morons” after calling for his firing. His current Instagram account is full of crazy right wing material that indicates he no longer cares what anyone thinks. But it’s unlikely Rademacher will find more acting work in the U.S. when word spreads about his behavior. I can’t see any of the other three soap operas hiring him, that’s for sure.
It’s unclear why Instagram hasn’t just shut him down completely since Rademacher is passing incorrect information about the vaccines and posing a health threat to his followers.
How will “Jax” be written out of the soap? I would guess his character’s death is imminent and permanent since he could never come back to the show after what’s transpired.  His “funeral” will probably be short and bitter. Good riddance to him.
PS I’ve seen Cassandra James on “General Hospital.” She’s really terrific. I doubt any of the show’s viewers care or know about anything else other than her acting talent.

But what tipped it over for ABC, I’m sure, and for James and Grahn is Rademacher’s reposting on his Instagram a vile post about four star admiral General Rachel Levine, calling her a “Dude.” Levine is openly transgender and to be much admired for her accomplishments. I’m reprinting the post here below because everyone must see this despicable behavior. Rademacher should never work in any town again.

Roger Friedman
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