Remember Patricia Mauceri? She’s the soap actress who quit her role as maid Carlotta Vega on One Life To Live this summer because she didn’t want to play a character who even tacitly approved of a homosexual relationship, like the one between Kyle and Fish (played by Scott Evans). Now that she’s had some time to cool down, she wants to clarify things: She didn’t have a problem being on a show with a gay relationships. But:
Hellz to the NO was she going to play someone who approved of it! That goes against her religious beliefs! “I did not object to being in a gay storyline,” Vega says of the show, which this week began airing episodes featuring her replacement. “I objected to speaking the truth of what that person, how that person would live and breathe and act in that storyline. And this goes against everything I am, my belief system, and what I know the character’s belief system is aligned to.”
Ya know what? That’s fine. If your religion includes a belief in hatred toward other human beings because of who they love, that’s your call. Just don’t expect any love from Hollywood again, lady. Because it’s run by homosexuals. And they really don’t like it when actors have the audacity to call the shots writers make. (Evidently Ms. Vega did not have a problem playing a stereotype: the Hispanic maid.)
So go ahead, explore your legal options Ms. Vega. And while we’re absolutely against an employer discriminating against someone’s religion, there’s a reason there are exceptions — like how a casting director can choose to nix a white actor when she needs to fill the role of a black person. Or how a soap opera can get rid of an actress who refuses to play a character necessary to the storyline.