Time Magazine called Soap one of the 100 best shows of all time, while the Museum of Broadcast Communications said it was arguably one of the most creative efforts by network television ever. Even so, it only lasted four seasons - falling prey to a much higher authority.
No, I’m not referring to the Nielson Ratings but God himself. We know because an onslaught of religious pressure from organizations like the National Council of Churches, the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church told us so and sealed the show’s fate by 1981.
How lucky we were to have the holy among us stand up in protest as Soap portrayed a homosexual as a real person. Yes, we love the sinner – and who couldn’t in Billy Crystal’s portrayal of Jodie Dallas – but Jesus knew the outcasts in society were there for a reason and required the shunning due them.
Still, we had to endure an affair between Corrine Tate and a Jesuit Priest. And if that wasn’t abomination enough, a resulting baby (who just happened to be possessed by the devil).
The case could be made that only human frailty was on display here but on national television for millions to see. It could have led the uninformed to think relations such as these are a common occurrence. Scholarly interpretation of the Bible clearly stipulates that turning the other cheek does not apply when it comes to mass consumption.
Oh and the onslaught of adultery, unsavory sex and the diminishment of family values, living a life of purpose is hard enough. Of course, to deny that even the best among us succumb to temptation is almost a sin, but all one had to do was look to more acceptable forms of interpretation in the likes of Dallas, Dynasty and every day time soap in existence.
So you get it, I’m being sarcastic and maybe it’s just wrong to make light of the dark side of the human condition. But even to the teenager who once lived for this show and certainly enjoyed its racy delivery, one thing stood out among all the salaciousness and so called immorality.
Love bound this highly dysfunctional TV family together, and in the end, conquered all evil. There is clearly reference to that in the Bible, but I guess all those who mixed religion and politics so effortlessly skipped that chapter.
They obviously never took the time to actually watch the show either and bared false witness by the barrelful. As such, today we have The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire. Where is your big mouth and sense of decency now when we really need you?