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The Entertainment Industry's Continued Fascination With Red, Black, and White

Curtis in black shirt, red boxing gloves and white towel.

Curtis in black shirt, red boxing gloves and white towel.

A curious trend

According to the website JSTOR, The color combination of black, red, and white, occur together worldwide in traditional art forms, folktales, and ritual contexts. In one version of the fairytale Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs, the Queen is looking out of her window on a snowy day when she pricks her finger. As the blood drips she wishes for a daughter whose lips are red as blood, her complexion to be white as the snow, and hair as black as the ebony window pain. There is an old riddle that asks what is black, white, and "read" all over and the answer is a newspaper. Warlocks, magicians, and wizards wear black and red robes which are supposed to indicate they have supernatural powers. Although these tri-colors have been around for ages they have taken on a curious meaning in our modern times. People really began taking notice during the 2015 Grammy Awards Ceremony when instead of the beautiful varied hues of gold, silver, green, blue, etc. that television viewers were used to, practically everyone in the audience was wearing red, white, black or a combination of two of the colors or all 3. When Annie Lenox sang "I Put A Spell On You" while wearing red devil horns the rumors began. It was being said that these 3 colors represented the fact that Hollywood and the Entertainment Industry had sold out to Satan and were wearing the tricolors to represent the secret society of the Illuminati.

Felicia in black and white dress and Mac in white robe

Felicia in black and white dress and Mac in white robe

A fashion trend or something sinister

Some said this was nothing more than a fashion trend that caught on like wildfire. Suddenly every major awards ceremony except The Country Music Awards had basically every celebrity in attendance using one, two, or all of the tri-colors. The Hip Hop, Soultrain, and American Music Awards were called Satanic as even the stages were decorated with this color scheme. Most recently during the 2022 Superbowl halftime show, there was a group of African American male dancers who were all dressed in black and had blonde hair. During their performance, a red light was shown over top of them and this raised the eyebrows of people who consider themselves as "Illuminati watchers." No one in the Entertainment Industry has ever given an explanation for the fascination with this color-coding but others have shared varied theories. Some say that the trio of colors represents power and brings success while others indicate it's a signal the wearers are in league with the devil as the black represents evil, the white is for domination and control, and the red for Satanic forces. Another theory is that these are the colors of shadow, light and life.

Maxie in black with Bailey in red and white blanket.

Maxie in black with Bailey in red and white blanket.

There are those who say white represents good and purity while black symbolizes death and evil and red is seen as meaning aggression as well as life. the list goes on based on various cultures over the decades but what is not known is why celebrities and even television shows have adopted the tricolors. The popularity of this symbolism seemed to decrease once COVID -19 hit but today on the ABC daytime soap General Hospital red, black, and white were front and center again as they had been a few years back. Previously on both The Young and the Restless and GH, the tri-colors were not simply worn by the actors but scenes would be staged around rooms to showcase the colors. Someone wearing black might walk across a room and stand in front of a white table with a red telephone on it for a few moments. Let's take a look at what was in today's GH episode.

Portia  and Stella both wearing black and white.

Portia and Stella both wearing black and white.

A pciture speaks volumes.

The sets for the soaps are created on purpose with a purpose so why are these 3 hues being emphasized over others? I think back to the days when women wore practically every color in the rainbow during awards ceremonies. It has looked strange during the past few years to see 90% of the women and men only in red, black, or white, two or all 3 colors. The cover photo is of Donnell Truner who portrays Curtis Ashford on General Hospital while he is at the gym. He is wearing a black Teeshirt, red boxing gloves and places a white towel over his shoulder. This in itself is quite natural but consider the rest of the images The second photo may not initially catch the eye unless one is Esoteric. This suggests that something is "obscure and only understood or intended to be understood by a small number of people with special (and perhaps secret) knowledge" This is most often knowledge that comes with being initiated into a certain group like the Masons or a club where there is a secret handshake or slogan. In other words, there are those who understand exactly why this color scheme is used. even if they don't explain it to others.

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Nina wearing red blouse in front of a  white sculpture and black stand.

Nina wearing red blouse in front of a white sculpture and black stand.

Color coded

In the second photo, Felicia Scorpio (Kristina Wagoner is wearing a black and white dress and Mac Scorpio is in a white bathrobe. There is a floral arrangement to her left and one red rose can be seen. In the third photo, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) is wearing black and holding her baby Bailey Louise (London Selzer) whose blanket is white with red images. The fourth image shows Stella Henry (Vernee Watson) and Portia Robinson (Brooke Kerr) who are both wearing black and white. The fifth picture show Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros) in a red blouse with a black stand behind her and on top is a white sculpture. In another scene, Nina stands near a different white piece of art that is on a black podium. Whenever these staged scenes take place the person always lingers in the spot as if the person behind the camera wants to make sure the trio-colors were noticed. In the image below there is a wide view of Maxie and her baby and you can see that Bailey Louise is wearing white tights and red shoes.

Bailey's white tights and red shoes were not visible in the first photo.

Bailey's white tights and red shoes were not visible in the first photo.

Who is in charge of wardrobe?

There are never shows where green, yellow, pink, purple or other colors are showcased the same way as Blak, red, and white. I personally find it interesting that this scheme of hues popped up in this one episode. Perhaps it is all one big coincidence but if so it is a very deliberate one. Someone talked to the wardrobe department and told them to dress all of these actors including the young child in black and white and red, black and white. Someone had Nina stand in front of the black platforms with the big white sculptures. It has been reported that the director works closely with the costume designer to decide what clothing will be worn in each scene so this narrows down who is immediately involved but do they obtain instructions from somewhere higher up? I used to wonder a few years back if the cast ever questioned why these colors were being utilized so much but perhaps they simply do what they are told and don't pay attention.

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