How The Complete and Utter Destruction of Sharon Newman Parallels MAB's Dismantling of The Young and the Restless





For a few months now, viewers of The Young and the Restless have been subjected to the once popular and beloved character of Sharon Collins Newman (Sharon Case) having decided to delve into an icky romance with her former father-in-law, Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). Fans have been none too amused over Sharon making this skeevy choice — to plunge head first into a relationship with a man she once considered a father figure. The plot twist has been all the more maddening, following years of Sharon's character being utterly assassinated, via one ill-conceived storyline and/or romance after another.  

Some may say, "It's a soap opera," or "This creates great drama and conflict," but in my opinion, this was one line that didn't need to be crossed with these particular characters on this soap opera. Soap vixens sleeping their way through families is certainly nothing new for daytime or primetime soaps. Guiding Light's Reva Shayne, The Bold and the Beautiful's Brooke Logan and Dynasty's Fallon Carrington all had near incestuous parings. However, the key word in the above sentence was "vixens". Sharon isn't a vixen; she's the show's heroine, not some hellcat in heat. She's also supposedly the love of both of Victor's sons, Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Adam's (Michael Muhney), lives.

Viewers were able to suspend their disbelief when Sharon fell for Nick's vile-yet-alluring, younger brother—and continued to be drawn to him even after learning he'd switched her baby at birth—due to the enormous chemistry the actors shared. Also, brothers being torn apart over the same lover isn't nearly as unseemly as a woman suddenly deciding to go to bed with her children's 70-something grandfather.

Why, instead of continuing to capitalize on Shadam's forbidden love affair, or the highly debatable Phick vs. Shick saga, did TPTB opt to have Sharon pursue Victor? For the life of me, I can't understand how anyone believed this would make for good soap opera.

We've read countless interviews where Y&R's showrunner, Maria Arena Bell, pledges to make Sharon into a "strong woman". Forgive me, but what's been done to this character under MAB doesn't bring to mind Kelly Clarkson's "Miss. Independent".

Has transforming Sharon into a promiscuous, recovering kleptomanic, who never considers what her sexual choices will mean for her children, really made her stronger in MAB's eyes? I'm starting to see a parallel between what has been done to this character and the dismantling of The Young and the Restless as a whole during this current regime's tenure. I guess my question is, can anything be done to fix either at this point?

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20 June 2012
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I so totally agree! They want to get rid of her and what better way to do this...make the fans hate her, then there will be no uprising when she get the pink slip!!

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I agree about her on Wednesday's ep, particularly her exchange with Adam. I really wanted someone to walk up and knock her flat of her ass for the way she was talking to him about Chelsea and I'm not even that big an Adam fan to begin with. Guess the assassination continues.

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2 March 2009
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Yup, that is it exactly I think: make the fans turn on Sharon and hate her so much so when they opt not to renew SC's contract (pink slip her basically), there will be no fan uprising. No planes flying over CBS studios demanding her return for long time vet Sharon Case. No-sirreee, they don't want that. So what better way to accomplish that than to purposely tear down her character (while simultaneously propping and pimping the woman who helped break up Sharon's marriage to Nick, the start of her downfall, and mocked her about it).

If I recall soap reports correctly, SC always had "tough" contract negotiations. Even way back when Sharon first left her kids to "find herself" after kissing Victor, that was because the actress was in tough contract negotiations and the writers had to come up with her exit in case SC didn't come back. Now, I think they just want to push SC to the brink so she doesn't WANT to come back. I have ZERO trust or faith in this writing regime to right the wrongs they've deliberately (and with glee it seems) inflicted on her character.

Everything went downhill for Sharon the second Phick got together. It started with Phyllis-worshipping Lynn Latham, and it has only gotten worse with MAB and her wrecking team. Both head writers continually subjected Sharon to pain, hurt, humiliation and insults over and over and over again, for no good reason. Phyllis broke up SHARON's marriage intially, not the other way around, and Sharon never had any prior issues with Phyllis. Yet Phyllis was always allowed to get the upper hand over Sharon and ridicule and taunt and torment her (why did Sharon constantly have to "see" Phick's gazillion recommitment ceremonies and pine for Nick??). Why? Wow. Poor SC. I almost wish she would leave and try for prime time because TIIC just don't value her character at all and I can't watch her destruction anymore. It's just not justifiable in any shape or form outside of the writers hating "Sharon". Period. JMO.

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I'm not sure I'm seeing Sharon the way some of the rest of you are during the past few days. Some of it is just her fighting against the "upper crust" establishment and hypocrites surrounding her. The rest of it is her showing her jealousy of Adam's new possible love life and regret that she let him slip away. You can take just so much of pretenders to the throne former low lives like Nikki and her snotty offspring throwing their high and mighty ways about against you and not react. She may be coming across badly but I think that is a normal and realistic reaction.

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Sharon is no heroine and she isn't a vixen.
She's a slut and a thief.
She wears that stolen necklace like she's proud of getting away with it. When she get's caught it will be 'poor me Sad, I can't help it.' But this time she won't have Nick or Adam or Jack or Billy to come to her thieving rescue. Maybe Victor will leave her in jail again.
She will continue to be Victor's bed warmer until he tires of her clinging.
I hope they check her purse on the way out too.

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They are hammering Sharon, Phyllis and Victor. But Sharon's always been a bit of a dingbat. Sniveling, taking off by herself to "find herself." She put a lip lock on Victor many years ago and Nick seen it, Sharon took off, left the kids behind AGAIN.I believe all this was before MAB.
Every time she started redeeming herself she'd jump in another bed.
That is Sharon's character on the show. Phyllis is a hot head, Victor is an ass, Jack is unlucky in love and business, Kevin's a chipmunk.
That is their character.
Her taking off for a year and spending it with Sam is a good idea. Sam is a boring but good soul. She can help him as a vet assistant. Raise more Fannies.