Star Jones Says Oliva Pope Is A Slore: “Scandal,” Good Brothas & Morality…Again

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January 31, 2013 ‐ By

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Another week, another “Scandal” controversy. This week, Star Jones, who’s known for her strong, often unpopular, opinions is the latest to tweet out. Here’s what she had to say.

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Wooo Star! Why she gotta be all that though?! I mean, I get it. Olivia Pope has made some terrible decisions in her personal and professional life. Though she is making moves and acquitting the innocent and convicting the guilty, she is nowhere near blameless in all of this. She’s slept, past tense, with the president, a married man. She’s constantly dealing dirt with shady people (murderers, spies and what not) and she rigged an election, all for the greater good. It’s really not okay. But even still I always bristle at one woman calling another a slore, even if that woman is a fictional character. Any one of us could be a slore by someone else’s standards. But all of Olivia’s whorish ways are in the past. As far as we know, present day Olivia has yet to sleep with Fitz. But that’s semantics.

Just this past week, a woman I went to college with wrote this extensive piece as to why she can no longer support “Scandal” with her viewership, despite the fact that she initially found the show very entertaining. She said that the more she watched it, the more she felt like she was being convicted by the Holy Spirit to let it go. She increasingly felt the story line glorified adultery. After reading her piece, I couldn’t argue with that. In fact, I even agreed that there are forms of media I consume that I need to be more cognizant of. You are what you ingest. If God convicts you to stop doing something, then by all means, don’t disobey him.

I just haven’t received that message from God. To me, watching the show, it’s quite obvious that both Olivia and Fitz are suffering because of their extramarital affair. At the end of the night she goes to bed alone, drinking wine and eating popcorn. (Has anyone ever seen her eat on the show?) He’s stuck in a loveless, emotionally draining marriage and they both have to publicly live a lie, day in and day out. I don’t know about you; but that is, in no way, the new hotness. It’s messy and honestly a really great reason why you shouldn’t mess with someone else’s husband, no matter how unhappy he is with his wife.

And maybe it’s just me, but I cannot get with Star’s rationale for Olivia getting together with Edison. Yeah, he’s a successful brotha; but he also threatened her and called her a slore! I know he wants to be with her and they have history together but that’s not love, Star! Even if Oliva decides to wash her hands of Fitz altogether and do better, certainly Edison isn’t the best option. Who calls a woman a slore and then proposes to her? No sir. If these two got married, something tells me, the next scandal the gladiators take on, will have something to do with Olivia being slapped around at home. And lawd knows we don’t need Huck to have to kill anyone else.

No, there is no way I could argue that “Scandal” and its characters are beacons of light. No one is completely “good” on this show. But at the end of the day, it’s not too different from the world we live in ourselves. No one is out here living a completely righteous life. We, women, despite success in our careers, often pick men who are no good for us. We’ve all collected a little dirt along the way. In fact, Kerry Washington told Oprah, that’s what drew her to the character. To paraphrase, she said there was a time when black women were only portrayed as wanton and loose, subservient and dimwitted, with plenty of attitude. Then there were the “Julias” and the “Clair Huxtables,” where black women were perfect, flawless in life and love. And now, black women are finally able to accept roles where we can play the human dichotomy realistically. Where good and evil can exist in one person. Hypocrisies and all. You know, the way life really works.

I can understand if you want to argue about “Scandal” on Twitter–mentioning both the actress, creator and network– or on other places on the internet (hence the reason for this post), because at the end of the day it’s a work of fiction. A television show, it’s supposed to inspire questions and debates. But if it starts to really challenge and conflict with the beliefs you hold dear, in a way that you feel is detrimental to your character, there’s always the option to do like my friend from school and turn the tv off.

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  • Get real

    Star Jones and alike people, you see nothing wrong with white men going around killing innocent people, political elective rigging elections and all sort of other wrongs…but you want to put the black woman in front of firing squad for having affair because she’s not having an affair/love interest with a black…lub my black people thought process *smh*

  • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

    This coming from the woman who worked for the ignorant man who challenged our president’s citizenship and tried to come out with proof that he and his wife were at one point of time, going through a divorce. Smh.

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    Star wants to judge people? She married a gay man and blatantly LIED about getting bypass surgery. Anyways to be honest I haven’t checked out Scandal, but after this article I’m going to.

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    Star wants to judge people? She married a gay man and blatantly LIED about getting bypass surgery. Anyways to be honest I haven’t checked out Scandal, but after this article I’m going to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686930259 Syiisha Dale

    Olivia ignored the fact that Fitz is married just like Star ignored the fact that Al Reynolds is gay… and she can’t say that she didn’t know because a blind person could see that!!! We women sometimes ignore the obvious…

  • Charlie

    Also just because Edison is black does not mean that Liv the character should end up with him. The character would be settling for Edison who is good on paper only. This is why I love the show, it gets people talking.

  • Charlie

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. This thing happens on other shows as well, they just don’t have a black women as the lead actress. What I like about the show is that the two characters Olivia and Fitz truly fell in love with each other. It’s not just about sex. It shows that love is not always neat and drama free. We don’t choose who we fall for, but we do choose how we handle it. I have no moral problems with the show, I just enjoy it for what it is. I do think it’s important to support projects that feature people of color in lead roles,then maybe there will be more diversity on TV and in movies.

  • Ohplease!

    What does Star Jones know about picking men? If the role would have been given to her, she would have taken it.

  • http://twitter.com/DTFunkyChocolat Dannie

    People might be taking this a bit too seriously.

  • adanie12

    I don’t get it. It sounds like she’s just having woman gossip about the show and giving her opinion. Seems like a coversation two girlfriends would have on the phone right after watching the show. What I DO think is someone saw her Tweet and decided to make it into a Star Jones vs. Scandal situation. I’m reading the Tweets over and over and it sounds like a straight gossipy conversation between girlfriends. Isn’t that what the show wants us to do? Gossip, debate, have an opinion about the characters, plot and story??? And someone made a comment about why isn’t Star saying this about white shows…because she probably isn’t watching them. She probably really enjoys Scandal and was just giving an opinion like ANY dedicated and involved viewer. I wish people would stop being brainwalshed into thinking whatever the title of a media story says. People, RE-READ her dang Tweets. She didn’t bash the show, nor the actress, she spoke in reference to the CHARACTER, which means she was purely having an opinion on the SHOW. OMGosh the world had gone mad.

    • just saying!!

      Amen!! That’s exactly what I saw/read! A fan giving her opinion.

  • Chassie

    I agree, actually.Not 100% sure why it was necessary for her to be a mistress but oh well, c’e la vita.

  • Meme

    First of all, Starr is a hypocrite because if I am not mistaken she has said before she likes Meredith and Derek on Grey’s. That was adultery as well.

    It is funny how people talk about Scandal and infidelity when majority of shows have infidelity on them. I never hear about those shows being so crtitiqued about the infidelity.

    Let’s talk about Homeland. The female intentionally went after the husband. She wrecked that marriage. Homeland is a very popular show.

    On Scandal the wife was complicit in the affair and Fitz pursued the hell out of Olivia. Black People always making a big deal out of stuff. Scandal is a fictional show.

    What we need to be worried about is reality Tv which is real life by the way how it makes black people look like fools instead of a fictional character on a fictional show. The show is called Scandal for a reason.

    • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

      Yes she seems to be most offended that a black woman is being portrayed as a mistress/strumpet. You know how anytime black people are on TV they must be Clare Huxtables or they are giving ALL black people a bad name.

  • Christina

    I’m not saying messing with a married man{president or not}is a good thing…nor is lying, cheating or being scandalous! However, if a black woman, can star in a prime time television show that brings in millions and millions of viewers and feel as if she is a REAL person and not just some fictional character, than I say that Olivia Pope aka Kerry Washington is doing more, not only for black actresses, but just America in general. To see a BLACK WOMAN act in such a powerful role and to be so educated and smart and yet a REAL woman who makes mistakes is someone I can not only look up too but can relate with. When I look at Olivia Pope, I’m looking at a part of me! And I can’t say that about any other show out there now!

    So Star Jones, shut up and sit down! Girl boo!

  • http://twitter.com/sabadaga SANDRA

    I mean I agree with Star Jones to a certain point but she fails to realize the title of the TV-show ” Scandal “. So, my question is why does she expect something virtuous from a scandalous story ????

  • VirgoStarr

    I’ve seen 2 episodes to see what the hype was about and for the fact that I do admire Shonda Himes for her writing ability. I understand the premise of the show but it does bother me that Olivia is the President’s mistress. How can someone who specializes in cleaning up messes of public figures can’t clean up her own? Its like seeking an obese personal trainer. Irony at its finest and doesn’t make sense at all.

  • Heartofgold

    Two words for Star Jones….SHUT UP !!!!!

    EVERYTIME YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH I GET SICK….

  • Lisa

    Because it is really true…

  • Uncle James

    Just because Starr married a gay dude, doesn’t mean her opinion of the show is wrong. How many of you sisters who support “Scandal” is somebody’s wife? It’s funny how all the sisters I see who love this show are terminally single sisters who can’t keep a man. If you heard “Honey, I’m home” everyday, I’d bet you’d see the show differently? Maybe you like it because you got some ho in you? People are what they defend.

    • beck0974

      I hear “honey, I’m home” everyday and I love the show because it’s NOT real. It’s fiction, just like when I watch shows that portray zombies, rapists, and murderers. It’s not real and has no basis in my reality. Everyone’s up in arms about the sex, without mention to the political corruption, state sanctioned murders, and all out thievery. But, I guess sex is the worst thing, huh?

    • meme

      Actually there are a lot of married women who love Scandal. Many of the women in my family that love Scandal are either happily married or in a very happy relationship.

      I have to disagree with you because I am not and will never be a slore. I love Scandal.

    • Janae

      I was turned on to scandal by married women (two married women). Also, wendy williams never misses scandal.. Maybe some black women who are married to black men watch because they fantasize about ……well I wont go there. Just because someone is married doesnt not mean they are happy, complete, and satisfied.

  • nursej

    I luv d show…cant stand olivia pope tho and i all the way agree

  • psylocke_2001

    “But even still I always bristle at one woman calling another a slore,
    even if that woman is a fictional character. Any one of us could be a
    slore by someone else’s standards.” Star didn’t call anyone a slore, she was quoting the show.

  • Kels

    WOW. Now we can’t even enjoy televison without someone taking it personally. Pretty soon all forms of entertainment will be somehow be considered morally worng! Get a life Star and complain about something worth it. Shonda Rimes, keep on doing the damn thing I know I’ll be tuning in.

  • FromUR2UB

    A timely article…so that I can remember to watch tonight. I’ve never seen it, but c’mon! The name of the show is SCANDAL. I’m surprised that people are denouncing its content for living up to the name.

    • Guest360

      THANK YOU!!! It amuses me to be honest with you. What exactly did you expect with a show called “Scandal”? Lol. Have a seat please and either turn the channel or sit back and shut up. I’m all for having opinions but not when you’re talking about completely changing the show from what it’s meant to be. If you wanted something more moral, this isn’t the show for you lol

  • Sagittarius81

    And she’s complaining about a fictional character of a TV show, shows you she nothing better to do with her time. Star, go have several seats and get a life!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/thesapphireempress96?feature=results_main A.J.

    Because Star Jones is obviously the pinnacle of morals, decorum, and ladylike behavior, SMH. This show is not bothering her in any way. She needs to have a seat.

  • Happy

    Its a TV show! We’re not meant to live our lives vicariously through it! What about all these soap operas that have been around for decades or Desperate Housewives on ABC before it ended? I went to school with the same person you’re talking about who wrote the piece against Scandal as well. I respect her opinion and if you get to the point where the Holy Spirit is guiding you away then so be it. As for me, i enjoy the show. Do i agree with Olivia being in love with a married man, no. Do i take it personal,no. Why? Because its just a show.

  • Almond E Brown

    She “felt like she was being convicted by the Holy Spirit to let it go because…the story line glorified adultery”?!?!?” Chile bye. I cannot with you Bible thumpin’ Negroes. *eternal side-eye*

  • silkynaps

    She’s been watching white people do this same isht on tv for years without a peep, but with a sista in a position of power and now it’s a problem? No one hates Black women more than Black women…

    • Almond E Brown

      Teach!

    • Annette

      Oh gosh. It’s just an opinion. She clearly is a fan of the show so let’s not get so worked up.

      • yeppers

        I dont think its JUST having an opinion when you are an influencer. Her speaking out on something so trivial about a TV show (as if every TV show on has a positive message) can cause a shift in its viewership and have it cancelled. You know how they do black folks show anyway, they will cancel us at a drop of a hat. People need to watch what they say and critique….when they have such a upfront voice.

        • E L

          Influence or not, the woman is still entitled to her opinions. Stardom does not make her devoid of her basic human rights. And to some degree I agree with her. It’s never okay to continuously cheat, and its not okay to be the other woman. That was Star’s point. And I agree.

    • Suchalady

      False. You are one of those people that never sees when black women support each other but run in when there’s even a BIT of opposition to say black women hate each other. It’s just a show and it’s her opinion. She isn’t bashing the show, just a character flaw.

    • meme

      Plus if I am not mistaken she was a fan of Meredith & Derek on Grey’s. That was an affair.

    • http://www.facebook.com/howardtheduck55 Tracey Blair

      Amen

  • Pretty.P

    I can dig what the blogger is saying. I have never been a fan of another woman’s man, and as I watched from season one to two, I became disgusted with Olivia, and actually stopped watching the show. I felt that if Fitz was really a leader of men, he would have started by being a leader to the women in his life. Instead, he now appears weak and subservient to them. I don’t know if I will continue with this show, but, the message is not a good one, and is not to be uplifted as the new thing.

    • SlowWhine

      I hope you apply this to 95% of the shows on television as well.
      I have a major problem with adultery as well but I know this story is fiction and means nothing more than that. If that is truly the case then One Life to Live, All my Children, and General Hospital should have received the same response.

  • yeppers

    SMH….. STAR FKN JONESES….Its a TV show, Every TV show and movie is not MORALLY ETHICAL AND CORRECT for ANY RACE….Plus SHE DONT LOVE THE MAN!!!! Why (even in the real world) should she marry someone she DOESNT LOVE…because he love her???? Star Jones really be using her voice for such ignorance….It aint that serious. I dont think anyone is going to go sleep with married men or President Obama because of Scandal. This ol crab in the barrell a33 bltch wants to ruin an otherwise Successful show for the first black female lead in 20 years….wowww…IF WE AINT OUR OWN WORST ENEMY…PLUS TRYING TO RUIN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WRITERS/PRODUCERS : SHONDA OF OUR TIME….SMH….Do better.

    • http://twitter.com/jennaparks11 Jenna

      AMEN!

    • SlowWhine

      “This ol crab in the barrell a33 bltch wants to ruin an otherwise Successful show for the first black female lead in 20 years….wowww…IF WE AINT OUR OWN WORST ENEMY…PLUS TRYING TO RUIN ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL WRITERS/PRODUCERS : SHONDA OF OUR TIME….SMH….Do better.” <<<This

      • Suchalady

        All she’s saying is that the lead could have more morals. What’s wrong with that? She’s not trying to ruin the show, so don’t be ridiculous, she’s trying to improve on the character.

        • beck0974

          The real question is why someone would get their “morality” from a TV show. If you make your life decisions based upon a fictional character’s life choice then you may need some help. Full stop.

          • bigdede

            I soooooo agree!! Why would someone look for morality from a tv show?

    • Annette

      It IS just a show. So why is she not allowed to have an opinion on it? We all talk about and have different opinions on the shows we watch. Star clearly watches the show if you read what she said. So how is it crabs in barrel?

      I mean, she’s doing nothing wrong. Do people even know why they hate Star Jones or have they just been trained by the media to dislike her? Because it’s kind of unreal how whatever Star says seems to have some big hoopla around it even when it’s nothing.

      • Guest360

        I’m well aware of why it is I don’t take Star Jones or her opinion seriously so lets not with the “media training”. And there’s nothing wrong with having an opinion. I just find THIS particular opinion a bit ridiculous given the nature of the show. It’s a primetime soap for one so drama was to be expected and two, the show is called “Scandal”. DUH! Obviously people on the show would be less than moral and ethical. That’s the whole point of the show lol

        • yeppers

          Thank you guest, and like i said above….WHAT YOU SAY….when you have a voice can have an affect on viewers. She shouldnt be so silly! if she watches the dam show and enjoys it then why bash its message/writer at the same time. AINT THIS THE SAME THING SHE DID TO REALITY SHOWS….you giving them ratings and calling them out on twitter at the same dam time??? Im sorry thats crazy to me…you not the writer of the show star so sit down and watch..if you have such a problem with the message then start a petition. But dont ask other people not to watch…thats what is crabby to me. ITS FICTIONAL….WHO SAID IT WAS A REAL ACCOUNT OF SOMEONES LIFE????

    • Annette

      It IS just a show. So why is she not allowed to have an opinion on it? We all talk about and have different opinions on the shows we watch. Star clearly watches the show if you read what she said. So how is it crabs in barrel?

      I mean, she’s doing nothing wrong. Do people even know why they hate Star Jones or have they just been trained by the media to dislike her? Because it’s kind of unreal how whatever Star says seems to have some big hoopla around it even when it’s nothing.

      • Suchalady

        Thank you! how is she a crab in a barrel if she’s giving her opinion on a show! People throw around terms like “crab in a barrel” and “hater” when they aren’t wise enough to think of a rebuttal and it’s enough now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/howardtheduck55 Tracey Blair

      Amen

  • realadulttalk

    Maybe Olivia should get involved with and then marry an obviously gay man…oh wait, that’s Star’s life.

    • wveronica7

      LMAO!!!! Exactly

    • ladylove22

      Lmbo

    • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.edia Jenn E. Penny

      shonda did every thing right, she did Greys Anatomy, she did private practice, she gave u your white actor leading shows, she paid her dues for this show, so she is allowed to write her characters how ever she wants, Star needs to show some respect and have this seat

      • http://www.facebook.com/howardtheduck55 Tracey Blair

        I wonder if anyone was this upset when the Black men on these shows clearly had relationships with women who weren’t Black.

    • Estylo702

      Wowww….lol. I needed that laugh.

  • WhoMe

    Its tv…fictional entertainment. Get over it star!

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