What year is Willow really living in?
When Willow Tait, a sweet school teacher with her own distinct brand of determined spunk, first appeared on General Hospital, we laughed and cried with her as she experienced a delightful romance with the charming policeman Harrison Chase. Sadly, it is not the Willow we see today; instead, with each new episode, she becomes more and more dull and silly.
What Is Even Wrong With Willow Tait?
It’s intended to touch our emotions when a character who has been portrayed as a heroine for years is diagnosed with cancer while expecting a much-desired child. After all, is there a more soap opera tale than this? It has all the makings of something authentic and riveting, but the protagonist is a dull young woman who is unable to win our sympathy for a variety of cogent reasons.
In a year when women are being denied cancer treatment while pregnant due to stringent state abortion laws, Soap Hub has already discussed how Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) decision to prioritize her embryo over her own health while disregarding the child she already has is a tone-deaf writing choice. When Willow’s six-month first trimester came to a conclusion and she found out her cancer was at stage 4, she was astonished because she had somehow assumed it would wait for her and carry out its business when she had time, but that is not how cancer operates.
Willow Tait Is Highly Offensive
One might assume that Willow knows exactly how cancer functions given that she is a brand-new nurse who has just finished nursing school. She appears to be unaware of what cancer aims to accomplish, and she also perceives the word as impure. It was bad enough that Willow hid her cancer diagnosis from the child’s father so he wouldn’t try to persuade her to put her own life before the unborn child she was carrying.
Now that she has cancer, she doesn’t want anyone else to know because, oh no! They might laugh at her. Is the next thing Willow will do to make it seem like she’s living in 1912 will be to loudly whisper the word “cancer” while turning away and peeking around corners? Willow does not care to avoid being stared at, not even after telling people she has cancer in order to find a bone marrow match and actually live to see her children grow up.
We were filled with rage as we saw Willow collapse after a chemo session and stubbornly refuse to receive real medical attention from Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros) and Carly Spencer (Laura Wright) because, OMG!, what if they found out she has…[whispers] cancer? Would Willow melt if anyone other than Chad Duell’s Michael Corinthos and three medical experts knew the truth?
Willow reasoned that the cancer couldn’t have been the cause of her fainting episode. Chemo, being pregnant, or having cancer would never cause that, so it had to be all that anger she had directed at Nina. She could only lose consciousness out of resentment toward a woman who Willow recently told to commit suicide. Please, spare us the possibility of ever having Willow Tait as our nurse.
Aside from compassion and empathy, Willow needs to learn that the words “abortion” and “cancer” are not derogatory. Women around the world deal with these issues on a daily basis in a variety of situations. They don’t carry themselves with embarrassment because they are aware that abortion is a possibility or because they fear that because they are battling cancer, others will make fun of them behind their backs.
But what about women like Willow? Strong women confront these issues head-on. They cower in a corner, disobeying medical advice because they believe they are smarter than everyone else, and when they learn that cancer didn’t wait, they act shocked. We want to scream at GH’s Willow Tait because of this.
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