Lots of backstage drama at the legendary ABC soap General Hospital this week, after former heartthrob Ingo Rademacher was let go from the show for refusing to follow their vaccine mandate.
The virulently right-wing anti-vaxxer was told he had until Monday to comply, but failed to do so, resulting in his dismissal. After 25 years on the show, it came as quite a shock to the soap community.
But wait. There’s more.
Last weekend, Ingo found himself in hot water after he tweeted some nasty things about a trans woman (I’m not going to repeat them here). His General Hospital co-star, Cassandra James, (who is trans) spoke out about the incident:
“I am aware of a transphobic post shared by a fellow General Hospital actor,” tweeted James, who plays Dr. Terry Randolph on the soap. “Shame on you. You have some serious unlearning and education to do. I feel deeply disappointed that such a public display of ignorance could come from our GH family.“
“Misgendering trans folks is violence and if you come for one of us, you come for all of us.
The cis world doesn’t get to decide which of us is valuable. I am so proud of the fans for always holding us to a high standard, for calling out transphobia and violence.”
Ingo gave a tepid, and rather disgusting, apology, saying:
“Cassandra, I apologize to you sincerely. I think you’re an absolute talent and you’re very beautiful as well. I don’t think a transphobic man would say that. I think you’re absolutely gorgeous, I really do.”
Later in the video, Rademacher recounts how he and his wife allowed theirson to wear a Disney Princess dress when he was three
“because he wanted to look pretty. I don’t think a transphobic dad would buy his son a Disney princess dress.”
“I’m not transphobic because I think you’re gorgeous and I once let my son dress as a Disney Princess for Halloween?”
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Anyway, General Hospital tweeted today: