History Whitewashing Itself
Ever since David's death (...OR IS IT? It probably is, actually), I have transformed into a David Hayward apologist, quick to defend his myriad misdeeds and compare his bad behavior to the equally bad behavior of the rest of Pine Valley's distinguished citizens.
It's quite the turn-around, because I spent SO MUCH of Vincent Irizarry's most recent return to All My Children filled with loathing for David Hayward and all of the horrible things he did including, but not limited to, pushing JR off the wagon, everything in the baby Trevor fiasco, faking his death and, oh, right BEING PRETTY MUCH RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF STUART CHANDLER.
But then came his chance at rehabilitation through a relationship with Greenlee; it was a chance that turned out to be fleeting, since the show decided not to pursue them for real, choosing instead to relive past, um, "glories" by reuniting Ryan and Greenlee (I know. I KNOW. I feel dirty for describing that unholy union as a glory, but you know that the addled minds in charge of this show see them that way). And after that came his murder and a litany of terrible people talking about his terrible deeds and throwing parties celebrating his death, and it's all made me quick to sneer at the sight of Hayward-directed negativity.
Like this today, from Bianca, after a battered woman was turned away from the Miranda Center a few months ago:
Bianca: You did come to the Miranda Center for help.
Patient: A couple of months ago, but they said there was no room. Some money scandal, or something.
Bianca: Another one of David Hayward's great gifts to the community.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that entire debacle GREENLEE's idea? Yes, David willingly went along with it, but come ON! It was all Greenlee! I think that if you're contemplating having a character do something so awful that it will necessitate weeks of furiously backpedaling and explaining that she didn't actually do it, the wiser choice would have been to not have her do it in the first place. But that would require some sort of common sense, which is not this writing regime's strong suit. So instead we have Greenlee getting parties thrown in her honor and David getting blamed for their schemes. This is totally going to piss him off if he's actually secretly alive!