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About Angelina Anderson

Angelina Anderson

Angelina Anderson

Angelina Anderson is a writer, pop culturalist and Barney Miller enthusiast. Raised in Greece, Germany and Southern California she’s has been unsuccessful in her attempts to jettison her “military brat” accent. She is the titular "Snarky's Machine" of the blog Snarkysmachine.org and has always wanted to use the word "titular" in relation to herself.

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Where There’s a Swill, There’s a Way

June 27, 2011 | 8

For a show comfortable with a male character keeping a female character in a cage, why did it take so long to write in a gay character?

Swill (Sonny and Will) isn’t a hot new bar with overpriced technicolor drinks; it’s the much trumpeted Days of Our Lives’ queer storyline – its first.  For a show comfortable with a male character keeping a female character in a cage, why did it take so long to write in a gay character?  Shit, queers in Salem couldn’t be any more terrifying than Billie’s inflatable lips or Celeste’s horrifying array of Beverly Johnson fright wigs.  Okay, so I realize I’m dating myself a bit.  I haven’t watched Days or any soaps for a long time, but I have often wondered why many daytime soaps haven’t been more consistent in incorporating QUILTBAG characters in their endless shuffle of evil twins, murderous plots and games of musical beds. When news of Days’ journey into queerness broke, I didn’t need a calendar; I knew it was summer.  Summer storylines are basically the daytime soap equivalent of out-of-town tryouts for a show destined to open on Saturday afternoon and close on Saturday night.

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