Why I Won't Wear A Rainbow Ribbon To Support Russia's Queer Community In Sochi – By Deidre Hall
I believe that sporting events are not a forum for expressing personal religious, social or political views. However, I have not objected when fellow performers have worn rainbow ribbon to express their support for Russia’s queer community; that’s their choice. My choice is NOT to wear a ribbon.
Soap Opera Digest readers should know wearing a rainbow ribbon is no longer entirely voluntary. Those who began by offering ribbons to performers now resort to extreme tactics in pursuit of their express goal of 100 percent conformity. When performers arrive at an event, individuals who attempt to pin ribbons on them accost them. A performer who declines may be accosted at the pre-show reception, again while waiting backstage and again at the press conference after the event.
Offering these ribbons to celebrities was, in my view, a benign and pro-social act. On the other hand, aggressively badgering performers to compel the wearing of ribbons is not only demeaning to Russia’s Queer Community and to the desperate need for an all-out tolerance, but an offense against personal freedom.
By attempting to force 100 percent conformity, these activists are no attempting to make the rainbow ribbon a visible litmus test for separating those individuals who empathize with Russia’s Queer Community and support LGBT rights from those who do not. This is a misguided and dangerous notion.
First, it misguidedly politicizes human tragedy. These rainbow ribbons provide a means by which public figures can appear to make a ‘politically correct’ statement in favor of a cause they do not support.
Second, any attempt to force conformity to a single social agenda attacks the freedom of expression. The extreme activities that resort to harassment to compel actors and actresses to wear these ribbons are practicing a ‘90s brand of McCarthyism – and their behavior is deplorable. Our community was devastated by political extremists in the 1950s and again became a target during the last presidential campaign. It surpasses belief that men and women in the entertainment field would resort to shameful practices that the enemies of artistic freedom have used against us.
Sadly, it falls to some of us who ardently support Russia’s Queer Community and LGBT rights to resist these tactics by personal example. Believe me, the easy way out would be to pin the ribbon on and keep silent. But I won’t, because I don’t want these appalling tactics to succeed.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||02/13/2014|
Dierdre you raise some interesting points, but what exactly qualifies as accosting and harassment in your book? And why do I feel that you are confusing aggression with zeal and fervor, both of which are appropriate when it comes not only to opposing tyranny and hate, but in calling on others not to remain silent in their face.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||08/13/2013|
Very circular, spinning...spinning....where does it go?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||08/13/2013|
Isn't this just a troll post? There's always a new anti-ribbon campaign from 'Deidre Hall' every month.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||08/13/2013|
This is a speech she gave 20 years ago.
Some morbidly obese soap queen thinks it's hi-ster-ical to repost this every time there's a campaign.
Like crumbs in her caftan....so are the stretch marks on her thighs...
|by Anonymous||reply 4||08/13/2013|
I love the crumbs in her caftan line.
I see it showing up in so many threads.
In so many variations.
Like crumbs in her caftan...so are gays of her lies.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||08/13/2013|
And I assume she continues to plan to participate in the Russian Winter Olympic Games, representing the Breakaway Republic of Salem in the luge.
Because to do otherwise would demean. Plus she has a good shot at the Bronze this time around.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||08/13/2013|
Dee Hall should die in a grease fire.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||08/13/2013|
[quote]Some morbidly obese soap queen thinks it's hi-ster-ical to repost this every time there's a campaign.
It just can't begin to compare with the hilarious Helen Lawson posts and the over-the-top funny "You're a whore darlin."
(Don't you just wish you could break their fingers!)
|by Anonymous||reply 8||08/13/2013|
Are Dee and Jane still bosom buddies?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||08/13/2013|
Hilarious! Anyone who was around at the time 20 years or more ago when dumbass Deidre took a swipe at those then courageously wearing the red AIDS ribbon, will enjoy this. It was a thoughtless and ungenerous public statement then, playing stupidly into the bigotry and stigma too many of her colleagues, friends and even fans were contending with. Ungracious cow.
Her stand, for what it's worth now,is long forgotten, as frankly Deidre mostly is. But whoever posts a revised version of Deirdre's long ago bullshit always makes me laugh, a nice last laugh remembering it. Right, Miss D for dumb?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||08/13/2013|
I like Dee. Remember when she was having a torrid affair with Quinn Redeker?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||08/13/2013|
WTF? She acts as if someone tried to pin on on her at knifepoint.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||08/13/2013|
R12 she said she felt a victim of assault from those activists wanting to pin her with the ribbon.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||08/14/2013|
Deidre never made the comments to begin with. The whole thing is an internet myth.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||08/14/2013|
r15, provide receipts. Only then will we believe that this ever happened.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||08/14/2013|
[quote] The whole thing is an internet myth.
Are you saying her comments about not wearing a red ribbon are an internet myth?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||08/14/2013|
Yes, Miss Yellow. It never happened.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||08/14/2013|
R18 it was in Soap Opera Digest.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||08/14/2013|
From Newsweek 1993
Deidre Hall, a star of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives," says that at one recent awards ceremony the ribbon-wielding zealots hounded her from preshow reception to postshow press conference. She says that one magazine even threatened to write about her ribbonless ways.
Hall, who has nursed several friends with AIDS, finds the ribbons meaningless--but the ribbon police truly dangerous. "We are getting into that terrifying area where people who don't speak for us demand uniformity. This is unacceptable," she says.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||08/14/2013|
Here is the edition of Soap Opera Digest where Dee Dee Hall printed her OP-ED
'Why I Won't Wear A Red Ribbon' by Deidre Hall Article + One Large Candid Photo
So is Soap Opera Digest lying? Did they print an OP-ED and just used Deidre Hall as the author?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||08/14/2013|
Receipts have been offered R16
|by Anonymous||reply 22||08/14/2013|
sweet jesus, who cares?...this was 20 years ago. let it go.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||08/14/2013|
That post doesn't even make any sense.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||08/14/2013|
"I find that Dr. Marlena Evans sort of reflects women of her time"
-Dee Dee Hall
|by Anonymous||reply 26||08/14/2013|
Where's the article? Let's see it!
|by Anonymous||reply 27||08/14/2013|
No, r28, that's a mock article. I want the real one. Where is it?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||08/14/2013|
Deidre is such an icon. Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame finally means something at last. She defines the soap opera genre which is a fundamental element of Americana.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||08/18/2013|
Her op ed was spot on. They are meaningless.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||02/13/2014|