The Young and the Restless spoilers tell us that on Thursday, March 9’s new Y&R episode we will see Scott hugging his mom! Y&R spoilers fully documented the rescue of Scotty Grainger (Daniel Hall). In addition to introducing Hall as the latest version of Lauren’s (Tracey Bregman) first-born son, Y&R also appears to be taking a political stand. There’s nothing new, or wrong about a soap opera making this type of choice. An exploration of this decision is also justified.
Scotty has been written as a journalist who volunteered to work in the Middle East. He specifically chose to work on the refugee crisis that’s dramatically affecting that part of the world and those nation states that voluntarily assist the human beings affected by it and their existing citizens. The United States political scene, which has been dealing with this issue through three presidential administrations has obviously been tapped for Scotty’s arriving arc.
The term journalist is aptly applied if any person pursues whatever story has been assigned. However, media outlets often choose what the news will be, just as Y&R has chosen Scotty’s profession for seeming ideological reasons. The message appears to be that Scotty is pursuing nobility.
It seems very unlikely that Scotty will be actually be portrayed as an amoral hack. But those creatures do exist. Individuals, or packs, who don’t look for all sides of a story. Instead they only see one, or the other. After choosing sides, those media employees (who aren’t actually journalists) simply push propaganda in return for paychecks.
Soap opera fans who claim that they don’t want to see politics in daytime surely are naive, or aren’t admitting awareness of, many past storylines that have explored nearly every social issue imaginable. For example, Y&R’s leading man Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) has been presented as a ruthless capitalist for many years. That wasn’t by accident. Now, Victor is playing the hero because he’s stepped back from business and believes in Scotty’s cause.
One would be foolish to merely point to Genoa City if proof of various injected political persuasions was being suggested. Soap operas represent exaggerated forms of reality, yet continue to be broadcast, streamed and time-shifted to audiences in the millions. TPTB at CBS have approval rights over whatever emanates from their airwaves. Would Scotty have been working on this particular story if his editor disapproved of the assignment? No and the same is true of the storyline Sally Sussman’s team is writing.
This is no conspiracy theory. Instead like-minded people are selected, meaning hired, while others conform to the culture with which they find themselves working in order to exist and advance. As within any job, employees know what’s expected of them. Political slants are then voluntarily adhered to. Those who resist may eventually find themselves marginalized, or deposed.
Y&R is saying that Scotty is heroic because he’s giving voice to the voiceless. The show wants to be part of the immigration story that has been portrayed as controversial by the real world news media. All of the reasons mentioned in this feature are why Scotty Grainger is a member of this particular profession. As long as Hall’s scripts are meaty most viewers won’t mind.
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