Nuke Complaints Featured in Los Angeles Times

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times ran a story about complaints from As the World Turns fans over the treatment of Luke and Noah's relationship.

Online fans began a nationwide media blitz on February 20 to bring attention to the show, which has been twice nominated for an award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

"Presenting a gay couple on television only to relegate them to insulting hugs and slaps on the back is the 21st century version of putting African Americans on the back of the bus," wrote one disgruntled fan named Tony. "We're simply supposed to be happy that we got the ride at all. This is 2008, and yet CBS and Procter & Gamble are clearly stuck in the past."

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That's not the case, says Jeannie Tharrington, a spokeswoman for Procter & Gamble Productions. She denies the show's writers have been discriminating.

"We're trying to be sensitive to all the different audiences who watch our show. We do make our decision based on what we think is best for the show's diverse audience and what's best creatively."

Tharrington adds that the Nuke story line is simply part of the soap opera world, one that is "always trying to keep people wanting more."

CBS spokesmen said the show's ratings have increased since the pair were introduced last year.

"CBS supports the producers' vision for the Luke and Noah storyline," according to a statement. "We have not censored it or asked them to hold back in any way."

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Sounds like the small minority of Christian Evangelists are up to their old tricks. I actually started watching ATWT because of this storyline. It is very well done, and in good taste for network TV. This type of relationship does exist in America and why shouldn't it be portrayed on TV?! CBS and Procter & Gamble deserve to be applauded & I hope they don't let the minority dictate what is shown on public airwaves. Just because they have a problem with it, they are the minority. Why don't these people just stop watching the show if seeing NUKE causes them such distress. It is not their country, it is all of ours & we have to be accepting of the difference that exist. Peace out.


As the World Turns Quotes

Noah: So, Luke... I know it was awkward walking on me and Maddie...
Luke: More awkward for you guys. At least I still had my clothes on.

Maddie: Hopefully if we're lucky, Luke will get his sense of humor back.
Noah: Luke's funny?
Maddie: When he's not worried about something, hilarious.
Noah: I'll make a note.