I have never fully understood the level of hatred One Life to Live’s Natalie (Melissa Archer) inspires in soap fans online. During the epic John (Michael Easton) and Natalie vs. John and Evangeline (Renee Elise Goldsberry) wars of yesteryear I got why passionate fans could hate a character they believed to be interfering with “their couple,” but to my recollection Natalie hasn’t been in a triangle that popular or controversial for quite some time. Recently, I’ve noticed the anti-Natalie sentiment resurfacing, Which makes me wonder, why do so many people seem to loathe Natalie?
Is it because Natalie is perceived to be a slut? If so then why isn’t Natalie’s twin Jessica (Bree Williamson) as equally reviled? It seems a bit convenient to give Jessica a pass just because she suffers from a Dissociative Identity Disorder, doesn’t it?
Is it because Natalie is the town’s busy body and ends up mixed up in almost everything? If so, then why is Natalie berated when the uber popular Dorian (Robin Strasser) messes with everyone’s lives, fans are loving Clint’s (Jerry verDorn) Asa-esque manipulations and Clint’s ex-wife Kim (Amanda Setton) who was both a tramp and a busy body was seen as a breath of fresh air?
Is it because Natalie is too often a victim? If so, then why aren’t Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson), Tea Delgado (Florencia Lozano), Blair (Kassie DePaiva) and again her sister Jessica tarred and feathered the way Natalie is?
Is it because Natalie isn’t upstanding, ethical or moral enough? If so, then why are her own mother Viki’s (Erika Slezak) actions are so easily forgiven after Llanview’s citizens discover she’s had a split from reality?
It is highly unlikely Llanview’s patron saint of propriety and moral uppityness, Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) will ever have her ass thrown in jail for violating HIPPA laws and digging into a patient's records, but if Natalie had done something similar, fans would be crying out for her to be tarred in the Llanview town square. I think it's high time the citizens of Llanview and the fans of One Life to Live give Natalie a much needed break.