Now let’s discuss the line up of Scandal the way Shonda Rhimes beautifully created it. I have personally have never watched an episode of Scandal and thought about the race of each character. Scandal has a very diverse cast, with amazing and talented actors and equally if not even more amazing writers. Now of course I noticed that Fitz is white and that Jake is white and that Olivia is Black, but with all of the twists and turns and edge of the seat cliffhangers, who has the time to care. As an African American that has ambitions to write for TV, of course I want to create amazing and diverse characters of color. But as a writer, I want to write about life in general. How amazing would it be, if we recognized the differences in our races, cultures and ethnicities, but after we recognized it, that was it? Or what about if we realized that it is 2014 and there are so many important social and economic issues that plague the world we live in, why are we still concerned about race? Now don’t get me wrong, I get caught up in the hype sometimes myself. But at the end of the day, the top half of your body could be purple and the bottom could be green…as long and you respect me, I respect you!
People always get so hung up on race; and when I realized that, I understood why Scandal might not resonate to some people. They are so caught up on whom Olivia is dating; they are literally missing one of the greatest shows of all-time. On top of that, this great, record-breaking show is written by a Black woman and the leading star, Kerry Washington (another Black woman) became the first African-American female lead in a network drama in almost 40 years. Things are changing right before our eyes, and people are too ignorant to see it!
Watch out for next week’s edition of the Countdown to Scandal, where I’ll be discussing the infamous “Side Chick.” You won’t want to miss this!