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These Days are surely numbered

Letter writer E. Jerome Davis comments elsewhere that quite recently “the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has been exposing its audience to a barrage of sex scenes in the popular Days Of Our Lives as Sammy and Franco have been going at it like wild cats”.

He adds that “in one bedroom scene the only saving grace was a sheet which, however, left nothing to the imagination as the bodies rocked and the beds shook. Certainly not the Days Of Our Lives of old! And in all of this, not a murmur from our hypocritical adult society”.

Well, we got much more than a whisper from Mr Davis himself, and surely his unflattering remarks will draw some ire sooner or later from the Days addicts, if not muted support from the more conservative among us. As for the Days of old to which Mr Davis will give some benefit of the doubt, there really wasn’t much more propriety.

After all, raunchy sex or the semblance of it, has not been the only demon possessing TV screenwriters and producers, and their viewing consumers. Beguilement, double-dealing, deceit, lying, fraud, greed, selfishness, abuse, bullying, injustice, soul selling, rampant infidelity, human trafficking, premeditated murder –– all these transgressions of man and woman –– have been melodramatically portrayed before us and our children every week for days, excluding Sundays.

Days Of Our Lives, whose American TV review ratings show it to be in the pink of health as it approaches its 50th birthday, was never really good medicine for us Barbadian adults, nor for our children most certainly, for there was no lack of iniquities bearing influence on the ignorant, unsuspecting and impressionable.

Unquestionably, Days has become more risqué over the years taking conspiracy and machinations to unimaginable heights, and adultery and infidelity to the lowest possible depths of Mother Earth –– all this, we agree with Mr Davis, before the eyes of our children from the strike of six; those who “have come in from play and are settling down for the night”.

And then for good measure –– or to our salacious pleasure –– CBCTV regales us with the work week recap of the past five Days on the Saturday when, as Mr Davis points out, “the children are looking to the television for entertainment”.

Days Of Our Lives is not children’s fare, and for as long as its producers and directors maintains its bawdiness and malfeasance, our state-owned television station has a doubtless responsibility to ensure that it treats the daily 6 p.m. soap as such.

For assuredly the Days sex scenes are not all school pupils will act how in the toilet and classrooms. There is the worrying trend of bullying, the practice of which is perfected by the amoral Stefano and the manipulative Kristen (who is just mean, mean, mean!) –– two of the most imposing characters in Days.

Add to these two the ever scheming Sami Brady, the personification of unbridled blackmail and extortion –– and you have a personality kit of depravity.

Thank God, the veteran Sami character player Alison Sweeney, after 21 years, is exiting the show later this year to be with her two little children, after all the damage she will have done to the minds of others.

Even with all the rave about its 50th anniversary coming up next year, Days yet has its share of critics in the United States where it was birthed. Some have described it has being over the top this year, in no way appearing as in the 1980s and 1990s. Back then, they say, the show knew where the sense of decency was, and didn’t cross the line.

Lines haven’t been the only things breached. So have been associations and togetherness. Not having the privilege of being up to date on showings as their counterparts in America, the Bajan Days fanatics may not be aware of the departure of the likes of Carrie, Austin, again Jack, and Billie, the very few left characters with any moral fibre.

Nor may they be informed of the wrecking of the super couples Jack and Jennifer, Bo and Hope, Patch and Kayla, John and Marlena, who struggled to do right.

The CBCTV viewership may have a way to go before it reaches these points of despair and despondency with its more up to date Days brothers and sisters up North who could see the end of the show after once it has celebrated its 50th anniversary. Some possibly good news for Mr Davis et al.: it may well be that NBC’s Days –– if you will permit some poetic licence –– are finally numbered!

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