September 18, 2008By Lynn Leahey Posted: Sep 18, 2008
I've talked before about how strange it is to see magazine jobs portrayed on soaps. As doctors and lawyers surely noted for years, there's a whole lot of dramatic license being taken — brain surgeons who deliver babies and cure mystery viruses; D.A.'s who prosecute people they're closely connected to. I'm fine with dramatic license as long as it leads to more entertaining story, and that is usually the case. But today's episode of Y&R gave me pause, when ex-stripper Nikki was asked to be the interim editor-in-chief of Restless Style. Really? Exactly what are her qualifications? Phyllis pointed out Nikki's got a great fashion sense, but ... really? That qualifies an ex-stripper for a job that requires writing and editing skills? On the other hand, inserting Nikki into the Restless Style office dynamics — where she'll work side by side with the daughter-in-law she once despised — will make for interesting drama. And after all, Diablo Cody won an Academy Award as the screenwriter for the movie Juno ... And she's a stripper, too. Without nearly the fashion sense as Nikki.