Victoria Rowell Slams ‘Y&R;’ Criticizes Soap For Lack of Diversity

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Any fans of “The Young and the Restless” hoping for a miraculous return by Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) would be wise not to hold their breath: The actress just publicly tore the 41-year-old sudser to shreds.

In a Twitter rant that coincided with the CBS series’ anniversary yesterday, Rowell broached the topic of racism in the soap opera industry, paying special attention to the show she called home for the better part of 1990 to 2007. “AfricanAmerican multi-million$ (P&G) audience substantially keeps Young & Restless at #1,” she wrote, followed by: “Young & Restless on for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not ONE black Exec PRODUCER?”

The Maine native then continued with a series of tweets pointing out that there’s a serious lack of diversity in all aspects of the genre, from a lack of black people in the group that comprises the behind-the-scenes crew at “Y&R” to a lack of diversity in the pool of editors at magazines like Soap Opera Digest and Soaps In Depth. “There’s NO excuse,” she wrote during her several-hours-long tirade.

As fans of the show may recall, Rowell left under controversial circumstances back in 2007, stating that she was leaving due to behind-the-scenes politics. Consequently, her character fell off a cliff and was never seen alive again.

So, what do you think about Rowell’s tirade toward “Y&R” and her public declaration that soap operas and the daytime industry suffers from a serious lack of diversity? Do you agree with what she has to say? Let us know in the comment section  below!