“Days of Our Lives” Will (Chandler Massey) has been inching his way out of the closet for months. Now the college student/political intern/attempted blackmailer is finally getting some action. Photos obtained by Entertainment Weekly shows Will kissing dayplayer Neil (Jesse Kristofferson) at a party. Fans who are rooting for Will to get together with the show’s out and proud character Sonny (Freddie Smith) will have to wait a little longer. Though Sonny has presumably kissed dozens of guys, he has yet to do so on camera.
The photo reveals that, unlike past daytime gay kisses in which the camera panned away, Will is getting the full soap treatment. The two young men are standing in a stone tunnel (romantic! and surprising, given that DOOL has little room in its budget for new sets) and passionately locking lips just like all of the shows heterosexual characters.
Though “As The World Turns” and “One Life To Live” both featured gay storylines, and “All My Children” and “Guiding Light” both crafted lesbian love stories, this is DOOL’s first foray into a same sex relationship. Since there are now only four soaps on the air, Will and Sonny are the only gay contract characters on daytime dramas. Several network primetime dramas including “Glee” and “Revenge” have featured gay storylines this season, so the subject matter is no longer taboo or groundbreaking. However, DOOL has long been one of television’s most socially conservative shows. The soap’s core family, the Bradys, is Irish Catholic. Characters regularly seek the council of priests. The show’s executive producer Greg Meng recently described the show to the New York Times as reflecting “Midwestern values.” Will’s kiss risks alienating some of the show’s older, more conservative viewers, but may bring in a younger, more diverse audience.
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