Kerry WashingtonIn this month’s EBONY with Kerry Washington on the cover, the actress says if the married president that her character is having a steamy affair with was black she would have passed on the role of Olivia Pope.

Excerpt from EBONY interview:

“I was a little concerned because [the character has] a scandalous relationship with the [occupant of the] White House,” the actress said. “I thought, ‘If the president on the show is Black, I will not do the show.’ Because to me, it was too important a moment. I didn’t want to do anything that compromised my relationship with the [president] or that made it seem like I had an insider view on the Obama presidency. I thought that would be so disrespectful and so against all the work that I had done.”

When I watched the first two episodes of Scandal, and the only ones I’ve ever watched, I actually asked myself two questions:

1) If the fictional president was black, would this show even be on tv? (probably not, way too much blackness)

2) If the fictional president was black, would she have taken on the role?

I’m not a fan of Scandal, I’d rather focus my tv watching attention on things that are more likely to happen in the world, like the zombie apocalypse by watching The Walking Dead. But I do appreciate the fact that Kerry didn’t want to besmirch her current “non-fictional” relationship with President Obama.

There are two types of Scandal people, those who hate it and those who obsess over it. Do I agree with Kerry’s character having an affair with the president? Not at all. But I also understand the difference between fiction, reality, and the big business of television.

What do you think about Kerry’s admission? Would it have made a difference if Scandal’s president was black?

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  • http://Www.mirthandcircumstance.com Danni

    It’s a a television show. People need to get a life and stop placing so much weight into something that is a fictional account of what probably goes down in Washington. If it’s not your reality why are you so offended. Kerry Washington is an artist playing a role on TV. I will admit her role as the first Black actress to lead prime time series in 35years is quite historic. But to place limitations on what she should represent is a direct contradiction of what artists like her stand for. I happen to be one of the Scandal obsessed, but I was also obsessed with 24, Lost and Sex and the City. all shows with a similar cult following. I didn’t own anything going on in those shows in my personal life no more than black women should own Oliva’s mistakes on Scandal. #itsentertainment

    • Joy

      Preach Danni….Preach. You know you are right!!

    • http://Clutch SL

      @Danni

      Yes!

    • Chloe

      Thank you! My thoughts exactly. And yes, I happen to one of the Scandal obsessed and quite proud of it.

      :)

  • amy03

    I understand where Kerry’s coming from. What I love about Scandal is that every character is flawed and we get to see how dirty politics can be. Things like election rigging and people disappearing do exist. Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwin have great chemistry but it’s not the only thing that makes me tune in. The writing and the actors are amazing. I’m not a fan of Grey’s Anatomy because to me, the show centers way too much around the characters’ love life.

  • http://eboniboykin.policymic.com eboni

    I applaud her for her honesty. ‘Scandal’ wouldn’t be as scandalous as it is if the president were black anyway. Part of the scandal is their interracial(extra marital) relationship.

    And let’s not get too hung up on what she said because truth be told, if the president was black and Olivia Pope was a WHITE woman, everybody would have a fit– both white and black.

  • WhatIThink

    A black woman sleeping with a powerful white man does not equal a powerful black woman.

    Come on this nonsense needs to cease. Who the hell are these folks kidding?

    So what are we saying we are raising our young black females to be concubines for powerful white folks so they can have visions of being powerful? Really?

    NOT ONE black woman out of all the many black women who have been actual concubines and closet freaks of white men down through history has been powerful. And those who were smart, intelligent and aggressive in their own right were not made better off by being with whites.

    Anyone who doesn’t see this crap for what it is is retarded.

    What is power? And how does this woman have power? If she had real power she would be doing something to affect the lives of her people. That is power. But you wont see that on TV now will you? But these brain dead morons think power means telling other people what to do. Really? Only as long as you are working for that corporation and that so-called power does not extend outside of that organization. Real power means calling the shots in and outside of an organization and being able to use the resources, skills and ability to push an agenda without the need of other folks to “enable” you.

    This is nothing much more than propaganda and PR pushing love of white folks as empowerment for black women.

  • http://Clutch SL

    Disgusted – totally disgusted – by tonight’s episode. Can’t believe Shonda wrote this. OP comes across as nothing more than a white man’s bitch….damn. “Just because I can’t control my erection around you doesn’t mean that I want you”. Damn! That is laden with so much racial undertones you couldn’t ignore it if you tried. Damn!!!!!! And as if that wasn’t enough – she is acting like a naieve gullible school girl with the white captain who’s clearly got sinister motives for her. And she is supposed to represent a powerful women…a powerful BW. Omg! So thru with Scandal! Gotta find me something else to watch on Thursday nights. This sh!t is going to make me throw up.

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