Shonda R.Attention “Scandal” fans, if you ever meet Shonda Rhimes, never ever refer to her show as a “guilty pleasure”. It’s not a compliment. When you say “guilty pleasure”, Rhimes hears, “hey, your show is crappy”.

The screenwriter/producer told Salon:

“It’s so annoying. It’s like saying the show is a piece of crap but I can’t stop watching it. To me, that’s what a guilty pleasure is. “The Real Housewives” is a guilty pleasure. To me, it’s an insulting thing to say. I would never say that about someone’s show. I think it’s a very insulting thing to say about someone’s show. Calling a show a “guilty pleasure” is like saying “I’m embarrassed to say I watch it but I can’t stop.” That’s not a compliment. That is not a compliment! Then don’t watch it, don’t watch it, please.”

Take note, she just called “The Real Housewives” crap.  I wonder which one she’s referring to, Atlanta or Beverly Hills, because if she was referring to New York, then she’s absolutely correct.

I understand where she’s coming from. My guilty pleasure is Bad Girls Club. I understand how Bad Girls Club is crappy, but sometimes it just pulls me in.  Another guilty pleasure? Probably cookies and cream ice cream. It’s not a guilty pleasure because it tastes crappy, but it becomes a guilty pleasure after you realize you’ve downed a pint of Haagen Dazs in one sitting. The pleasure is the taste, the guilt is the gluttony exhibited by eating the whole thing.

I guess everyone has their own definition of a guilty pleasure. I also can’t recall any of my friends that watch “Scandal” refer to it as one. They’re more like, “Ermahgerd, it’s the greatest show on earth”, not to be confused with Ringling Brothers.

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  • Lila

    I never feel guilty about anything I take pleasure in

  • Pseudonym

    Also, it’s very possible that people are simply misusing the colloquialism. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s probably the case.

  • Blasè

    she’s right…

    but this is killer: ‘“The Real Housewives” is a guilty pleasure. To me, it’s an insulting thing to say. I would never say that about someone’s show.’

    but you just did! LOL!

  • WhatIThink

    LOL! The only reason this show is popular is because this is what most black women secretly want: to be the black concubine of a powerful white man. Doesn’t matter their own individual achievements. Doesn’t matter what position they have. Their accomplishment comes from getting in the bed with someone white and it doesn’t matter if they are just a jump off. I mean seriously. This is glorifying the side chick or jump off just because he is white.

    Which begs the question, would this show have been as popular if the man was black? No because black men are dogs and that would have been degrading to black women being treated like the side piece or jump off. Would it be as popular if the woman was white and the man black? Of course not. It would have been seen as a slap not only to black women but white males and females……..

    But of course black folks just love the same old stereotypes that have been given to you by entertainment over and over and over again even if it was a black writer behind it. Last I checked most black writers these days do nothing but write “fab” ghetto hood rat stories that are quite popular….

    • MommieDearest

      “Which begs the question, would this show have been as popular if the man was black? No because black men are dogs and that would have been degrading to black women being treated like the side piece or jump off. ”

      Interestingly enough, there is an article on Clutch from last week where Kerry states that if the president on “Scandal” were black, she would not have taken the role. She related it to reflecting badly on President Obama. Also interesting is that I didn’t see your observation reflected in the comments (but then I haven’t looked at that post in a week, so who knows if one was added). I think there is truth to what you stated. If the President’s character was black I don’t think as many women would be rooting for them.

  • WhatIThink

    Just so happens I have been doing some research on the history of black folks in entertainment and what I am seeing is giving me a whole different perspective on things. Number one it tells me that most black folks in entertainment are some of the biggest coon, clowns and freaks out there who absolutely don’t mind getting ran through by any and all sorts of white men (and women) in order to get fame (which most dont). And now they are selling that pie in the sky fantasy that black women’s panties are going to get them into positions of power and wealth alongside and white women by getting into bed with white men. Put it this way, there are a lot of black women getting run through on that quest and getting absolutely nowhere and putting a lot of smiles on a lot of white faces in the process. No empowerment, no fame but a lot of mulatto babies and broken promises along the way. Because that “powerful” white man is 9 times out of 10 your boss, your supervisor and the owner of the company you work for and your dreams and fantasies don’t mean squat when it comes to white privilege and power. But hey that is what happens to black folks who want so desperately to integrate, to the point that they forget who they are and where they come from…..

    And in the entertainment industry black women have always been seen as jungle bunnies and concubines from day one. The only difference now is that the mammies are just raisin’ their babies to be hoes and concubines….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CaZNxl7dBoc#!