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Television and Movie Love Scenes In Jeopardy Post Pandemic

Updated on May 29, 2020
Cheryl E Preston profile image

Cheryl is a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, poet, and Liberal Arts major.

Rhet and Scarlet, Gone with the wind.
Rhet and Scarlet, Gone with the wind.

Kiss sex scenes goodbye

According to The Daily Mail, it's possible that at least for the foreseeable future, sex scenes in movies and television may be over. The coronavirus has actors expressing concerned about being up close and personal with others in the entertainment business. There is a running joke that things could revert back to the days of the 1920's when there was mood music and a couple went into a room and shut the door. It was implied they were making love, because censors back then kept everything above board. Sometimes the scene would cut to the ocean and show waves crashing against rocks implying passion between a couple. This will be good news for those who believe that television and movies are pushing boundaries, regarding sex scenes. Some people enjoy leaving much to the imagination instead of having everything in living color. This would also indicate that there would be more action, mystery and drama which might be culture shock to those who have grown accustomed to R and X rated entertainment.

Bo and Hope Days of Our Lives
Bo and Hope Days of Our Lives

The demise of love in the afternoon

Soap opera's especially are known for their hot romances, which has been a selling point for many decades. It will be interesting for fans of daytime drama to see their favorite couples not even hold hands or stand close to one another. The writers have probably been scrambling during the hiatus to come up with episodes that will work in this new normal. Loyal viewers will remain with their favorite shows and see this through to the other side. Keep in mind that there i s the possibility that the changes may remain and things not go back to what was considered as normal. Some viewers will simply go with the flow because they love the soaps but others may fall away. Daytime drama shows are supposed to resume taping sometime in June and it will be August or September before viewers can see what changes have been implimented.

Baby and Johnny, Dirty Dancing.
Baby and Johnny, Dirty Dancing.

Movies will never be the same

Movies are different than soap opera's because you don't have fans that have invested decades in watching and getting to know the characters. It's possible that without the steamy love scenes and nudity,the public may not even go to see certain films. Movies rated G and PG have always made money but with limitless boundaries of cable TV, the big screen began going all the way with total nudity and explicit sex. Decades ago women who considered themselves as serious actresses would not even consider roles where they had to take off their clothes.Now in 20/20 it's been the norm but that is about to change. Sex sells and is big businesses but now everything is in limbo/ Actors will not risk their lives to film scenes with someone who may be COVID-19 positive. Even if temperatures are taken and tests are administered there is still no guarantee that someone cannot become infected after the fact. There were people in the entertainment business who were cautious when HIV and Aids first became an epidemic, but the coronavirus is different. There are just too many uncertainties regarding this disease and no one wants to risk their lives on uncertainty.

Bishop Greenleaf and Bob Whitmore. Yes
Bishop Greenleaf and Bob Whitmore. Yes

The Porn Industry has taken a hit

Psychology Todaysays that in March, hits to porn sites increased as more people were in during the pandemic. What was also noted is that a number of porn stars have expressed the same concerns as actors in the traditional entertainment industry. They are concerned about scenes with co-workers and don't want to risk getting sick from COVID-19. The article says that porn may take a hit if actors refuse to do the explicit scenes.

The Daily Mail said that an agent from the top Hollywood firm United Talent Agency indicated that everyone in Tinsel Town is troubled and everything is on hold until all the problems can be sorted out, but they never may be. it's interesting that what people would not do for moral values, they are now rethinking because it is a risk to their health, and possibly their lives. has also learned that many big name actors are seeking firm assurances from studios before they sign contracts, but truthfully there are no safeguards that can be guaranteed. Meanwhile, sources say that the studio execs are concerned that certain scenes will not be insured.Social distancing and keeping six feet apart might have where people won’t even shake hands on television and in the movies. Time, will reveal all.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


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    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't watch soap operas but I know they have pushed the boundaries for movies and some TV shows for sexuality. If COVID-18 has done one good thing by hitting back the porn industry, then I am happy about that. You have raised many important points for the future and time will tell.

      I didn't know the actors were complaining or even questioning the sex scenes from television and movies. We will see how social distancing works in the future.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      6 weeks ago from Roanoke

      Emge you are so right. There are many layers to this.

    • emge profile image

      MG Singh 

      6 weeks ago from Singapore

      You have raised important points. Yes what happens to picking a girl friend in a bar etc. Coronavirus is going to kill romance

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      6 weeks ago from Roanoke

      I never thought about Dancing with the Stars Margaret.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      6 weeks ago from Roanoke

      Yes maam.

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      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

      Cheryl, you are so right. I watch a lot of Hallmark movies and they all end with a couple kissing. That certainly will change. I often think about how much entertainment will have to change such as "Dancing with the Stars" where couples have to dance cheek to cheek and every other intimate position. Those days are gone.


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