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Victoria Rowell Suing CBS/Bell on Racial Discrimination Grounds

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    Boidiva02
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    I’m not that surprised. She’s been very outspoken about her views of race based discrimination. 

    My gut reaction is that if she has even a shred of evidence to back up her claims this could be a pretty important, game-changing case.    I think that it could have ripple effects in Hollywood, far beyond Daytime TV.    But it’s dependant on her having ANY evidence to back up her claims.     

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    The lawsuit a joke; she cant find work not because color of her skin but because of her diva like behavior.  She is suing years later too.  I dont support affirmative action I should note 

    This lawsuit will go same way the lawsuit for actress who played Carlotta on OLTL will go.
     

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    Maybe she and Brenda Dickson can join forces and sue the world.

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    Berlin2002,

     

    I miss you! (I hope you’re doing well.)

     

     

     

    I am actually trying to recall what year marked the last Victoria Rowell was seen on The Young and the Restless.

     

    Was it around 2006/2007?

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    I miss Victoria Rowell’s Dru and wish they would bring her back to the show. I don’t know what basis she thinks she has for this. Obviously, there are more black characters on Y&R, and with prominent storylines, than any of the other three shows. I would be interested to learn what she thinks the basis for her action is?

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    I agree full-heartedly with affirmative action.  This makes it easier and fairer for minorities to get jobs.  Without AA, it would be an all white male work force.

    The lawsuit a joke; she cant find work not because color of her skin but because of her diva like behavior.  She is suing years later too.  I dont support affirmative action I should note 

    This lawsuit will go same way the lawsuit for actress who played Carlotta on OLTL will go.
     

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    I agree full-heartedly with affirmative action.  This makes it easier and fairer for minorities to get jobs.  Without AA, it would be an all white male work force.

    [quote=”DLDNYC”]The lawsuit a joke; she cant find work not because color of her skin but because of her diva like behavior.  She is suing years later too.  I dont support affirmative action I should note 

    This lawsuit will go same way the lawsuit for actress who played Carlotta on OLTL will go.
     

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    I wont hijack an entertainment thread for political discussion but I suggest you read recent lasuit against Harvard University on the issue.  Its brought by bunch of Asian students saying they are being discriminated due to that program.  Reverse discrimination is just as bad to lower your standards just to have certain quotas  

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    She’s a mess. You got nerve to think that you can leave a show and spill the tea and think all will be good.

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    This is really unfortunate.  I suspect that there has been some truth to Rowell’s allegations over the years and there may be something to be said for fighting the good fight, but I wish she would move on.  She is such a skilled artist that, had she put Y&R behind her years ago when she left, she could have built her already strong body of work in showbiz into something legendary.  In fact, I always assumed that we would eventually hear that she landed a big primetime gig or something.  But since her choice is to directly (further) antagonize CBS and Sony, I hope she feels that this choice is worth it.
     

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    I just don’t know what to think – I have heard rumors that Y&R can be particularly nasty to departing actors and writers, including threats of blackballing. There’s ne way of knowing for certain.

    My memory is that she was fired and did not leave on her own? I remember there was an interview in which she expressed unhappiness on not getting any more Emmy nominations? This ticked off some of her co-stars. She got three nominations in a row (1996 and both of th e1997 elgiiblity periods) – this is 3 more than two of my all-time favorite actresses, Kathryn Hays and Alison Sweeney. But she has the right to her feelings and her co-stars to theirs (I think this was back when each show picked 3 performers in each category and her co-stars weren’t pre-nominating her?)

    She mentions she was adopted; if this was as an older child, which was my case, she probably has some insecurity issues that stem from that experience. I loved her work on both Y&R and Diagnosis Murder (and it was rare for anyone to have both a daytie and prometime role at the same time!) I wish they would bring her back in the role of Dru, she is needed and missed.

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    I thought I remember her and Strafford having a lot issues?  Didnt she say she got spit on?  Her and Bergman too?  She made it hostile work place 

     

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    Freeman:
    I thought she chose to leave, which is one of the reasons this lawsuit is a bit strange.  As far as the adoption thing goes, she has been a long time advocate of the foster system and one of her books is about it as well.  I like your perspective on the Emmys; VR actually has as many nominations as Eileen Davidson and more than MTS, the latter of whom she has spoken out against.  The Emmys are such a crap shoot though that no actor should take a snub too personally.  Oh and I also loved VR’s Dr Amanda Bentley on Diagnosis Murder! 

    DLD:
    There are a lot of versions of what happened with Michelle Stafford.  In summary, it started when Stafford did a spit-take that apparently was not planned.  I saw it when it aired and rewatched a clip after the fact and she clearly (IMO) spit at VR’s feet, besides the fact that it (the spit-take) was exactly the reaction that Phyllis should have had to Dru’s announcement.  VR complained that she was spit on, there was some sort of apology I think, and Stafford claims they buried the hatchet and that she even consulted Rowell on adoption before deciding on surrogacy.  Personally I think Rowell’s issues were not with Stafford per se, but she may have chosen to antagonize her because Stafford is liked and respected (maybe even worshiped) across Daytime which is what it seemed like Rowell feels she deserved as well.
     

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    I didn’t know Victoria Rowell had spoken out against Melody Thomas Scott.  Can someone enlighten me on this?

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    From what I can recall a lot of Victoria’s complaints involved not being able to write for her character; and she felt that the hair and make-up team wasn’t skilled enough in working on black hair or black skin tones.   From what I recall a big part of her complaint was that some of her co-stars would call her a diva or difficult as it would take longer for her hair to get done than it did theirs.   I believe one of the people she called out was Peter Bergman. 

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