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    Posted: Feb 08 2013 at 8:50pm

If Olivia Pope’s President Was Black…Kerry Washington Would Have Passed On The Role

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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interesting....so she thinks it would be more disrespectful for a black woman to try to break up a happy black home...esp. when there's a black president....i get her logic
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote melikey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 08 2013 at 9:31pm
yeah i was wondering why the president wasn't black for about half of the first episode, then i got itLOL
good looking out shonda and kerry!
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I Admire her respect for President Obama .
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It's good that he isn't.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Lonisha87 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 08 2013 at 10:06pm
I completely understand where she was coming from. Respect
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Samone, is that a Disneyland pic in your avi?
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garbage

they went at star for jones for drawing parallels and what her role means on a bigger scale, yet they didnt want to throw in a black president because that was too close to reality?

fugouttahere

its a bunch of bullsh*t

are people's memories really this short?

you find your moral compass if the president had been black but you are sooo comfortable playing a white mans lover, a married white man at that, and perpetuating the black whore image?

fug outta here .. just own your sh*t

Edited by afrokock - Feb 09 2013 at 3:14am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (8) Thanks(8)   Quote f8dagrate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 09 2013 at 4:09am
Originally posted by afrokock afrokock wrote:

garbage

they went at star for jones for drawing parallels and what her role means on a bigger scale, yet they didnt want to throw in a black president because that was too close to reality?

fugouttahere

its a bunch of bullsh*t

are people's memories really this short?

you find your moral compass if the president had been black but you are sooo comfortable playing a white mans lover, a married white man at that, and perpetuating the black whore image?

fug outta here .. just own your sh*t


You mad?LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Sang Froid Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 09 2013 at 4:31am
I didn't know there was a black whore image. 
With that being said....I'd love to be a black whore on network TV. 
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