Bold & Beautiful’s Hope Needs to Call Liam Out on *This* Mind-Boggling Double Standard — for Our Sake If Not Her Own
Because seriously, we are losing our [bleep] over here.
Liam has spent the last week or two ranting to Steffy about what led to their one-night stand, asking idiotic questions along the line of “How did this happen?” when referring to her pregnancy, and explaining why they should come clean with their significant others — in a nutshell, his guilt. But as he delivered his viewpoint — over and over again — a disturbingly hypocritical theme emerged, and while Steffy hasn’t called him out on it, now that we’re on the verge of his confession to Hope, we hope the soap gods will see to it that Hope does…
More: Why Liam wanted to confess
When Liam thought he saw Hope kissing Thomas (he was actually macking on her doppelganger mannequin), rather than confront the situation, he ran off, directly to Steffy’s house. Upon arriving, and before Steffy had even sliced the limes for the tequila, Liam declared that his marriage to Hope was done, over, kaput. He paced, gesticulated, and proclaimed that there would be no coming back from such a heinous act.
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Given that he saw his marriage as really most sincerely dead on account of his wife kissing someone else, that, along with the aforementioned cocktails, was enough to have him hopping into bed (or onto the sofa) with his ex-wife, without so much as a text message to Hope before doing the deed.
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, and Liam is the cheater, there seems to be a whole different set of criteria for the end of that same marriage. He’s relatively certain that if he just comes clean, Hope will absorb the shock, and once she gets over the worst of the hurt, will forgive him and they will remain married. Liam’s speech is sure to be full of heartfelt reminders of all they’ve weathered before, and how, together, they can overcome anything. Funny, how he believes they can survive him having sex with his ex, but not her kissing Thomas.
More: Will Hope turn to Thomas after Liam confesses?
To recap, if Liam’s wife cheats, the marriage is over, but if Liam is the one who commits an indiscretion, his wife will hopefully suck it up, work toward forgiveness, and carry on with the marriage. Sure, Liam cops to what he did being wrong, but you can tell he thinks it’s a little bit justified because, well, Thomas was involved… and it was a misunderstanding. Yet there was no reason he could fathom that might make their marriage salvageable if Hope had slipped up.
These hypocritical double-standards are not uncommon on Bold & Beautiful, but drive fans mad, and this one deserves to be called out.
More: Photos: Look back on Hope and Liam’s history
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<p>Hope connected with newcomer Liam Cooper and helped him to discover the identity of his biological father. The DNA testing came down to Thorne Forrester and Bill Spencer Jr., with Bill being revealed as Liam’s father.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam fell in love despite opposition from his newfound father Bill, who wasn’t a fan of Hope. Her ex, Oliver, and her step-sister, Steffy, also presented challenges but couldn’t keep the two apart.</p>
<p>After Liam woke up next to Amber Moore, though the night was a total blackout for him, she later claimed to be pregnant with his baby. Hope and Liam waffled back and forth, but ultimately broke up so as to let him do right by his child.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam reunited just as she was about to accept Oliver’s marriage proposal. Amber had given birth to an African-American baby and Liam was not the father after all.</p>
<p>Liam proposed to Hope and the engaged couple moved in together, but Hope wanted to save sex until after they were married in keeping with the message of her line, Hope for the Future. She ended the engagement after seeing him kiss Steffy.</p>
<p>Though Liam had married Steffy in Aspen, while Hope watched helplessly from a gondola, the pair still had feelings for one another. When Thomas took Hope to Cabo San Lucas, Steffy and Liam were also there. Hope and Liam stole a kiss on the beach, but he remained married to Steffy, who was injured in an ATV accident. Bill manipulated a doctor to fudge the MRI results to keep Liam with his wife.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam got back together after Bill’s machinations were exposed but Steffy held out for a divorce, which left Hope full of anxiety over sleeping with a married man. She became dependent on anti-anxiety pills for a time, but promised Liam she’d kick the habit after nearly drowning and running into Steffy on a ski hill.</p>
<p>Hope and Liam finally married in Italy after though it was a near-miss as Bill arranged for her biological father, Deacon Sharpe, to show up and delay Hope. Hope later discovered a video of Liam and Steffy kissing and demanded a do-over, but that also wasn’t to be as Liam showed up tattooed with dyed hair after a night with Steffy. Since the wedding in Italy wasn’t legally binding, Liam moved on with Steffy.</p>
<p>Hope fought for her man after learning all of the details on how they’d been manipulated and Brooke and Hope decided to surprise Liam with a cliffside wedding ceremony. Vows were about to be exchanged when Steffy turned up with Taylor to tell Liam she was pregnant.</p>
<p>After Steffy lost Liam’s baby in a motorcycle accident, Hope got back with Liam, but by now had met his brother, Wyatt and connected with him as well. Hope and Liam were set to be married again, but Hope balked after finding Liam talking with Steffy, who was visiting from overseas, ahead of time.</p>
<p>Hope dated both Wyatt and Liam for a while, but ultimately decided, once again, that Liam was the man she wanted to marry. She told him to meet her at the Eiffel Tower in Paris where they would be wed. When Wyatt’s mother, Quinn, delayed Liam, Hope assumed he was a no-show and ended up marrying Wyatt instead. After getting pregnant and losing the baby, Hope left Wyatt and moved overseas, but not before telling Liam she’d always love him.</p>
<p>After years away, Hope returned to find Liam living in a hotel after learning his pregnant wife, Steffy, had slept with his father, Bill. Hope tried to help the duo reconcile but fell for her ex once again.</p>
<p>Liam was set to reconcile with Steffy but discovered she was still seeing Bill and proposed to Hope. The happy couple was set to be married when Wyatt intervened to explain that Liam had been deceived about Steffy and Bill.</p>
<p>After Hope learned she was pregnant with Liam’s child, and Steffy gave the duo her blessing to be together, Hope and Liam were finally married. They spent their honeymoon night in their cabin home looking forward to the future.</p>
<p>After Liam and Hope were told their baby had been stillborn, though she was actually adopted by an unwitting Steffy, Hope sunk into a depression. She urged Liam to be with Steffy and the girls and pressed for an annulment.</p>
<p>After it was discovered that their daughter, Beth, was alive and living with Steffy as Phoebe, and weathering Thomas’ obsession with Hope, Liam and Hope were able to embrace their future as a family again. They remarried in a symbolic ceremony that included Thomas’ son, Douglas, as Hope had become his legal guardian, and later made it official at City Hall.</p>
<p>A constant threat to Hope’s relationship with Liam has been Thomas’ obsession with her. If he wasn’t imagining that a lookalike mannequin was flirting with him, he was hatching schemes to separate her from her husband and accept him as a hunky consolation prize. When the pair began working together on Hope For the Future they became a ‘dream team’ leaving Liam feeling like a third wheel.</p>
<p>When Thomas’ latest “mistake” not only left Hope’s line with little Hope For the Future but also led to Douglas choosing to live with Steffy and Finn, Liam was there to support his wife with reassuring words. Now, Hope For the Future is back in full swing and Douglas has agreed to come home — but it’s all because Hope agreed to work with Thomas again… which could lead to big problems in the cabin. Liam might <em>not</em> be whispering much longer but protesting loudly.</p>
<p>Though Thomas had previously skeeved Hope out, she suddenly found herself, as Steffy put it, gazing at him with desire. So while she tried to resist the impulse to throw herself at the designer, Liam did his damnedest to keep from getting so hot under the collar that his neck wound up being singed. </p>
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