What Do You Think of Brad's Bedside Manner on General Hospital? (POLL)






Naughty, gnarly lab technician Brad (scene stealer Parry Shen) is quite the polarizing presence on General Hospital. While I readily admit I get a hoot out of his shameful attempts at seducing—and/or blackmailing—the menfolk of Port Chuck, some fans find Britch's (Kelly Thiebaud) horny henchman all shades of skeevy. One thing is for sure, with characters like Brad on the prowl, this ain't your grandma's General Hospital!

Do you love or loathe General Hospital's Brad?


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Yoryla's picture
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LOVE him!

But WTH is this poster?! THIS is do not love! Laughing out loud

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On OLTL, Kyle Lewis was a sleazy lab tech but there was still something likable about him. So far, there is nothing likable about Brad. OLTL was able to redeem Kyle and make him part of an iconic couple. It will be interesting to see if GH will do the same with Brad

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I think having an Asian/AA couple is fantastic, but they're taking the llllong way home if that's where they're headed. I'm all for gays being portrayed as bad OR good, but i sorta think they propped up Brad as skeevy when they had him strip and Felix was grossed out. Puhlease, SO not realistic, for so many reasons IMO.

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Love him. At least he is not the cookie cutter do-gooder that soap writers like to portray all minorites.

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mk1814 wrote:
On OLTL, Kyle Lewis was a sleazy lab tech but there was still something likable about him. So far, there is nothing likable about Brad. OLTL was able to redeem Kyle and make him part of an iconic couple. It will be interesting to see if GH will do the same with Brad

Gosh, I miss Kyle Lewis. I totally agree with this comparison. For me, there's nothing likable about Brad, very much lacking charisma.

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Can you guys believe Parry Shen is 40?? I swear he looks like he could be in his mid 20s...other than the skeevy stuff with Michael, even though Brad doesn't know Michael's history, I like him.

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I don't care for the negative and stereotypical portrayal of Brad on GH. With a lack of diversity on soaps it is annoying that an Asian and gay character is depicted the way he is. If there were more representations of minorities I don't think I would have such a problem with Brad.

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Few things:

1) Why no option for "He's offensive and perpetuating the stubborn stereotype of gay men as oversexed, immoral animals," Jamie? It's the only option that describes my feelings.

2) This poster is made by the actor (or his agent). He probably updates it periodically with his episodes for the coming week. Clever, but it says "General Hospital" only on the nametag, while "ABC" is huge. ("GH" is also in the corner, but it's tiny. Just odd.)

3) He looks every day his 40 years, and Felix being grossed out by his stripping routine was completely believable. The actor is handsome if a bit weathered, but the bod's not there and we know Felix likes muscular, or at least toned, men.

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I'm glad this has been brought up. I hate Brad and, honestly, I can't stand Felix either.

I hate the way Ron writes gay characters. To be fair, I hate the way he writes new characters, period. The few good ones - like Ava Jerome - are good because of the actor.

But what I hate specifically about Brad and Felix (to be clear, I hate Sabrina more than both of them combined, so this isn't just a gay thing),
is that one (Felix) is the stereotypical femme queen who acts like a girl and is up in everybody's business and has NO life of his own. It's insulting.

The other (Brad), is refreshingly the other antiquated stereotype of gay men being sexual predators.

I was talking to my friend the other day about gay characters on soaps - on the one hand, they exist - which is an improvement. On the other hand, they don't really have lives and they lack complexity as well as realism. Days does a better job because Will and Sonny are actually core characters. But look at them - they are barely out of high school and they are parents with a baby. Talk about extremely unlikely and very, very limiting to storyline.

Gay characters are either no-lifes (GH) or a different kind of no-life (Sonny and Will... who are the only two 20-year gay boys on earth that don't drink, party, go to clubs, have passions. they're just boring parents.

What I'd LOVE to see on soaps are bisexual or sexually-flexible characters. So far it's only being done via rape, which doesn't count. The day we see a straight character jump in bed with a gay character is when the real drama begins. And that's real life. Trust me Wink

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oooh... one more thing. This will make me seem really shallow, BUT... aside from Will on Days, I feel actors cast as gay characters are not sexy. If it's a prerequisite for straight men to be hot when they're cast on a soap (excusing Brad Anderson), then the gay men should be hot too. Brad isn't particularly sexy, so it makes his advances really gross. And that's sending a message that gay advances are repulsive. What if Brad were the hottest man around? Wouldn't that be vastly more interesting? Just my opinion.

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jeremy in chicago wrote:
... aside from Will on Days, I feel actors cast as gay characters are not sexy....

Sexiness is subjective.

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I like Brad and I'm disappointed that he did not successfully get Michael into bed. However, I knew his blackmail would not work because TPTB would not have had Brad make his pitch to Mikey with Kiki standing there. No way would Mikey want anybody to know that he was contemplating having sex with a dude even though her acts gayer than Brad.

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The prick is really Cartoony for the mess that is GH

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jeremy in chicago,

I have to disagree on this subject. First of all, re: Will & Sonny, isn't it just the fact that they ARE gay and 20 something, yet parents of a baby and leading a normal life, very good and advanced storytelling? That is precisely what has not really been seen yet (apart from Kish) and the opposite of a stereotype. If they were sexually fluent, a loose couple, who partied, drunk, and they had Will throw himself at every man he comes across with - wouldn't that be called the sterotype. I know Wilson would be half as popular then as a couple, and people would be up in arms about the portrayal of gay men.

This is exactly why I like Brad. He is *not* a stereotype. When have we really ever seen a character like this on a soap? Not only is he a villain, he's smug, self-centered, sexual, funny and to me, hot.

I'm interested in Brad exponentially more than Felix. I'm liking Felix these days better than before, though. Btw, all this talk about how "girly" he is is exaturated. He is not *that* girly people tend to paint him. However, what I don't like about him, and what I wonder is the lack of his own life and propping teenage princess. Where is his own life? What are his own aspirations? His dreams, hopes and wants? There must be more than finding a "hot guy". That's what's the most unbelievable thing to me.

But what I do agree with is the notion of the bisexual character. Where are they? Or even the drunken one night stands with the same sex/ opposite sex? Because that certainly happens a LOT.

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Yoryla wrote:
I have to disagree on this subject. First of all, re: Will & Sonny, isn't it just the fact that they ARE gay and 20 something, yet parents of a baby and leading a normal life, very good and advanced storytelling? That is precisely what has not really been seen yet (apart from Kish) and the opposite of a stereotype. If they were sexually fluent, a loose couple, who partied, drunk, and they had Will throw himself at every man he comes across with - wouldn't that be called the sterotype. I know Wilson would be half as popular then as a couple, and people would be up in arms about the portrayal of gay men.

ROCK ON Yoryla!

Everyone will have their two cents re: the representation of gays. I don't find Brad to look 40 (tho closer to it in that poster LOL), but i actually find TPTB's view of the character to be MORE offensive than the character's actual behavior, if that makes sense. Same goes for Felix's busybodiness -- more TPTB's fault. But i do get tired of seeing Felix butting his nose in and wearing a variation of the same shirt he wore the day before...

Puhlease -- Felix ain't no gayer/femme acting than Rex on OLTL! That got about as gay as it gets!

They actually HAVE shown Sonny and Will to be ravers, partiers, before the baby storyline, and Sonny went to a rave last week, but he's ALSO shown to be a small-business entrepreneur, which is awesome. No stereotypes here, imo.

Actually, Felix's aspiration to find that "perfect hot guy" -- that's pretty realistic. And that tunnel vision can be the downfall of many. But he got his career goin' on, so he has every right to hunt for Mr. Right! When you're young, that's what you do -- you make mistakes. The gay men i've known all my life still weren't mature in their 30's! (Which backs up Yoryla's point that IF Sonny & Will were shallow partiers, THAT would make them stereotypes, at least from my experience.)