Scandal is too scandalous for me

Scandal is too scandalous for me
Has Scandal gone too far?

I tried to be supportive, but the fact is, Scandal has just gotten too scandalous–and ridiculous–for me! For the entire first season, I’d never even seen the show. I would see the comments posted on people’s Facebook pages and felt like I wasn’t missing much, but everyone just kept talking about it. Then, this past summer, my husband and I were blessed with some free time while our girls were down south with their older sister, so we thought we’d see what the hype was all about, and we began to watch Scandal. At first, I didn’t get what was the big deal. We’d have to keep rewinding the program to try to hear what they said because everybody talked so doggoned fast. But, between the fabulous coats and handbags Olivia donned, and the great old school R & B to go with the plot, we got hooked. I enjoyed the drama of the different characters the “Gladiators” would work to “clean up” which somehow ended in such a way that you were thankful for Pope’s team, in spite of the affair she was having with the President, which I never thought was a good look. Like millions of others who think this show glamorizes adultery and just plain outright sin, I agreed, but I called myself being a supporter of the advancement of African Americans in TV. How could I not celebrate Shonda Rhimes, an award winning writer and producer and Chicago native? Her success shows what is possible when hard work and creativity flourish. I was proud of both she and Kerry Washington.

But this show has really taken a turn and gone too far for me.

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I don’t even want to try to go through all the vertiginous plot lines which go all over the place with murder, sex, treachery, deceit, lies, adultery, greed, and every other sin you can think of. Anybody who watches knows exactly what I mean. I’m beyond that. I’m looking at something larger.

As a mother of six daughters, I find that I think of things in terms of generational impact. I find myself looking at decisions that I make today and consider how my actions will affect future generations, and I just can’t help but wonder, if this storyline is the living legacy Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington want to leave for future African American women? I mean, what are they saying? Do they think it’s okay to sleep with married men? Do they want to legitimize adultery, greed, and the like? What is the point of this show? Up until this season, I would have answered that Scandal shows that an intelligent Black woman, in the form of character Olivia Pope, can achieve success based on her own merit and intelligence, and be someone our country valorizes and utilizes for high level criminal cases to maintain the democracy of this country. Now, I don’t even know what this show is about.

This ongoing agitation with the show finally culminated after the dialogue between Olivia Pope and her father Elie, played by Joe Morton. Maybe I’m watching too late in the evening. Maybe I’m tired when I’m watching. Maybe I’m just plain slow. I don’t know. But did I miss something when he explained that the B62s, (I know that’s not their names, but I just that to be more amusing) have to kill people to save people? Now I know this correlates to war and the police and all other entities such as these, but THEIR CONVERSATION was just farcical to me. The ludicrousness of their words matched with the seriousness of their tone and every overly enunciated syllable just made me yell, “THIS IS RIDICULOUS!”

Add to that mess the new affair of First Lady Mellie, played by Bellamy Young, with Andrew Nichols, played by Jon Tenney…I am just too through with them. I just want America’s favorite “Closer” Brenda Leigh Johnson to come rescue Fitz from this mess!

You tell me. What do you think? As for me, you can poke a fork in me. I’m done.


About Me: When I’m not blogging, I’m teaching fitness classes, and when I’m not doing that, I’m training. And when I’m not doing that, I’m raising four daughters and being a wife to my wonderful husband. As someone who is currently living in a glass house, I know I’m in no position to throw stones. Just like anybody else, I live and breathe the same air as you. However, as a mom of six daughters, I can’t help but see how my actions  affect them, and their children, which is why I am striving to live and be a better person–an in-home role model if you will. Friends and associates have accused me of becoming “too holy”, which in the past, would hurt my feelings, but now to that I say, “thank you.”

I’m blessed to have earned  graduate degrees in Writing (’99) and Exercise Science and Health Promotion (’07), and able to operate in my many gifts and talents as a fitness instructor and Soldier at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Feel free to visit us and take one of my classes. And if you’d like more information about me, visit my website.




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