'Young and the Restless' Star Victoria Rowell Sues Show for Racial Discrimination2/16/2015
Victoria Rowell, 'The Young and the Restless' actress who played Drucilla Winters on the so...
Victoria Rowell, 'The Young and the Restless' actress who played Drucilla Winters on the soap opera, is suing the show's producers for refusing to re-hire her, a decision she believes is motivated by racism.
Examples of racist behavior at the hands of actors and show creators are many. Rowell had to personally pay for a hairstylist capable of doing African American hair. On set, both Rowell and the stylist were harassed by cast members and degrading comments were made about the smell of Rowell's hair.
She was thrown in a strait jacket and hauled to asylum. Her character then fell off a cliff and the body never found, leaving some fans clamoring for her return and a resolution of the mystery.Rowell has since been blacklisted from any jobs with the CBS Network. Court documents allege that this blacklisting is due to Rowell's outspoken advocacy for African Americans.
“We were disappointed to learn that, after leaving the cast of ‘The Young and the Restless’ on her own initiative, Ms. Rowell has attempted to rewrite that history through lawyers' letters and a lawsuit that has no merit...We harbor no ill will toward Ms. Rowell, but we will vigorously defend this case.”
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Courtney Taylor is a senior English-Creative Writing major at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA. She is an editorial intern at For Harriet. Follow her on Twitter @thecourtcase or reach her by email: Courtney@forharriet.com