DAYS’ Freddie Smith on Sonny’s Upcoming Gay Bullying Arc: “He Thought He Was Home Free”





Well-adjusted, gay teenager Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) hasn't had to deal with many of the negative issues that can unfortunately be typical of being an out gay man, since arriving in Salem on Days of Our Lives. That's about to change. In an interview with Outlook Columbus, Smith previews the NBC soap's upcoming gay bullying storyline, centered on Sonny. Here's an excerpt:

The character of Sonny showed up to Salem very confident, but in an upcoming plot twist, he becomes a victim of bullying because his attacker, “T,” believes Sonny made Will, another young character on the show, gay.

“It’s very emotional to be bullied. When you go through it it’s a big part of your life,” said Freddie. “I’m hoping I can make an impact and show how bullying negatively affects people and make a difference. I think that everyone will be able to relate to this storyline, so it is important to the show.”

He said that viewers are going to see a different side of Sonny after he experiences being bullied. Freddie mentions that before Sonny came to Salem, he had much tougher time being openly gay. “It brings him back – he thought he was home free. Its disappointing to him,” said Freddie. “He was very bullet proof at first. You’re going to see that he does have flaws. You’re going to see Sonny make mistakes and deal with those mistakes.”


 


While I'm happy to see DAYS tackle such a topical subject, I have to admit, I'd rather see Sonny get a good, old-fashioned romance—just like every straight character in Salem—than have his journey be made into some afterschool special on bullying. That being said, I will reserve my judgement until the story debuts. Do you think DAYS will do a good job handling a gay bullying arc? Sound off in the comments! 

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    Toscanti

    They have all already been there and done that. Were is the creativity in copying every other soap and their gay storylines. I say give them a normal chance like all the hetero couples.

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    Yoryla

    I am glad Sonny will have his own storyline and more screen exposure. However, it doesn’t really make that much sense. He has experienced bullying before and is now more grounded and knows how to handle it. It shouldn’t be that big of a problem.

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    marybee50

    I,too,am glad for more airtime for Freddie.I’m,also,not sure of the storyline.Is it going to be more bullying on the net,or more like gay bashing attacking his coffee shop or him?We will have to wait and see.As long as it gets WilSon together in Sept I’m happy.

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    Dariclone

    I really hope this is a well written storyline. I’m definiylu willing to go there with days, but to me Sonny being out the longest is an odd choice for a bullying storyline. Wouldn’t Will or even another character be a better choice for the victim?

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    BETTYSUE113098

    SINCE THEY ARE DOING THIS STORYLINE I WOULD RATHER SEE SONNY IN A RELATIONSHIP AND STRUGGLE TO MAINTAIN THAT AND GO THROUGH TRIUMPHS LIKE REGULAR PPL DO. HOW COME NO ONE STRUGGLES TO PAY THE RENT AND PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE ON THE SOAPS? YOU KNOW LIKE WHAT REGULAR PPL DO. LOL

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    scottydoug

    Missy… sigh… remember in summer 2011, there was a scene where Jen was playing pool with Daniel, and she said she couldn’t believe, in this day and age, that T was harassing Sonny for being gay.
    That scene is totally tainted and stinky now :(

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    Miry

    He ain’t a teenager! Wasn’t Sonny drinking with his college friends the night that Will went out with them (& he couldn’t drink b/c he was underage but did anyway) and got his first male kiss on! I have always thought that Sonny was like 21/22 years old.
    I am sorry, but this is stupid. Let him be ‘bullied’ in that he doesn’t get a job b/c he is gay, but this storyline has been played out b4 with guys who were actually still kids on the show. Sooo played out!

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    Si-Si

    This is the storyline Gary Tomlin wanted to do before he got fired last year. Yay. He really is going to return DAYS to exactly what it was before MarDar…because it was in SUCH great shape then.

    Sonny deserves a better storyline than a lame PSA with dimwit T.

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    marybee50

    If you think the story is starting off bad,by the end of next week I think everyone will be upset.To my dismay,I read some spoilers for next week,and it ain’t good.

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    Miry

    @Si-Si: It is funny that you mention that, b/c I was JUST thinking “didn’t they start this storyline already?” Wasn’t T causing trouble & being a little bitch before he disappeared (& before it was decided that Will was going to be gay)??

    That is cray-cray that they are just going to pick up where the story left off, some 1.5 years later.

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