I’m still hanging on and splitting hairs. I’m admitting that I got caught up in the excitement surrounding ABC’s Scandal starring Kerry Washington. And with that admission I’m also making another admission – I won’t be tweeting about the show anymore and I might not even check in on GetGlue. I said might not.
I like to check out the popular shows and see what all the drama is about. I like Kerry Washington as an actress and I like seeing her in prime time and I decided I would watch this show even though I am not a fan of any other Shonda Rhimes’ creations. A few months ago I wrote about Scandal, listing a few things that annoyed me about the show. I believe I left out the part about Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington’s character, having an affair with the President of the United States. Well, that is at the top of the list of criticisms I have about this show.
Scandal is face-paced and each week there is a different plot. So, it is possible to start watching the show from any point and catch onto the storyline. The affair bothered me from the very beginning, but I have kept watching it because a few times Olivia was brought close to redemption and no one is above making mistakes. I’m sad to say that all of the progress has unraveled and we are back to square one.
Reading tweets and Facebook during the show is interesting. The most wholesome family people, as they present themselves on social media, are in heavenly bliss watching this successful, intelligent, beautiful, independent woman yearn for a married man. And not just any married man – the POTUS. I can’t even get into how much damage would be caused if this relationship were to become public.
If I asked a half-dozen people why they don’t have a problem with the affair, I can almost certainly tell you what the answer would be – this is a fictional show. But this isn’t fiction because everyone knows someone who is or has been a willing participant in an affair with a married man or woman. And they know it is wrong. A lot of the same people are also watching reality shows and coming down hard on the cast members who make asses of themselves and rightfully so, I guess. This is Kerry Washington and she is attractive so she gets a pass.
The Scandal affair is being justified partly because the first lady is depicted as a scheming, manipulative person. The character, Mellie, is a woman who is easy for viewers to dislike and they always wish the worst for her because she is mean so she deserves whatever she gets. Too many shows these days paint the spouse as a demon, hard to get along with, an easy to disrespect type character. Although there are many spouses that definitely fit that description I would argue that it is not the only reason to give for a character to choose to go outside the marriage.
I don’t write dialogue for TV or movies and I can’t pretend that I could write for Scandal. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all the hypocrisy or just the storyline that gets to me. Most times it’s the storyline because people flip-flop or rationalize all the time to suit their needs. Or maybe it comes from being a woman and realizing that once more a female who seems to have everything she needs has to place herself in the most ridiculous set of circumstances when she is capable of better.
I know that this show could do better so why does it have to revolve around this distasteful relationship? Stop acting like it’s some fairy tale love story – it’s cheating! And for Pete’s sake can someone stop Olivia Pope from bouncing up and down so much when she walks because her hair is going to take flight.
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