Hmmm: Kerry Washington Says She Wouldn’t Have Done ‘Scandal’ If The President Was Black

February 8, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

You’re likely still on your high from watching last night’s episode of “Scandal,” and though I think we’ve all come to adore Oliva and Fitz’s relationship — his marriage aside — have you ever thought about what that romance would look like if the president was black?

Kerry Washington has, and in fact, she said that if the president’s character in the ABC drama was African American she wouldn’t have done the show. Surprised? Check out her explanation in the latest issue of Ebony:

“I was a little concerned because [the character has] a scandalous relationship with the [occupant of the] White House,” she told the magazine. “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.”

Before you jump on the “Kerry just wanted to get her swirl on, on screen,” bandwagon, I think that actually would have been a good call. Rarely, if ever, can I recall seeing a Black man playing the part of a president in a blockbuster movie or prominent television drama. With all the dirt people continuously try to uncover on the Obamas — to no avail — because they’re still not comfortable seeing a sensible African American family with so much power, I can only imagine the increased speculation that would follow them were there a scandalous portrayal of a Black president on TV as well. And I think I speak for all “Scandal” fans when I say thank God Fitzgerald Grant isn’t Black, otherwise we wouldn’t get to witness Kerry Washington’s fierceness every week.

What do you think about Kerry’s stance on wanting Fitz to not be Black?

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  • It’s clearly an excuse to try to justify once again that she excludes all blackmen whether it is on screen or real life when it comes to relationships now that she has some “success” in Hollywood. Just speaking the truth

  • meme

    Kerry is not a racist. Kerry is not bashing black men.

    Kerry was exactly right!!!! Some people already insinuate that she is messing with President Obama. Go look at the National Enquirer cover with President Obama, Kerry Washington, & The First Lady on it. I think we will better understand were Kerry is coming from.

  • scandalous7

    makes perfect sense

  • Jane Doe

    I wouldn’t sleep with a black men either Kerry.

    • scandalous7

      ooooo u triiiiiied it

  • Kahekili

    The relationship would have been perceived a lot differently.

  • Shay

    I agree with her completely. I think she wouldn’t have had a problem with it if the current president wasn’t black. If it came before Obama, I think she would have thought differently.

  • Candacey Doris

    I agree here. That would not have been good at all.

  • I agree!!

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  • Kikimac

    I do agree with what she is saying, but just a note, there have been a few movies where the president was black. Although in those movies there was always a tragedy of some sort, but there has been. Most notably was 2012, and Deep Impact, both blockbusters (of sorts).

  • Say What?

    I truly love Kerry Washington. Not only is she talented and stunningly beautiful, but more importantly she’s an intelligent woman and I’ve never heard her speak without seeming like she put some thought into it. Class act all the way.

  • bigdede

    If the President was Black, this show would not be as popular. ABC barely advertised the show when it first came on. Imagine if the president was Black, they really would not have promoted the show.

    • kahlijr

      don’t know if that’s true. the pres on 24 was black and that was one of the most popular and long running tv series on television. generally speaking i think that shows with black actors in the lead get crapped on, but i’m not sure that would have been the case for scandal.

      • Soulsis

        Yeah but the main character was white and there was no romance involved. Blacks are not allowed to fall or be in love on major network TV! Only whites are allowed to be in love. Everyone else must fall in love with a white person. Integration propoganda at its’ best. So yes, bigdede it probably would not have received the green light to begin with. SHonda Rhimes knows who shes dealing with, when writing and casting her shows.

        • scandalous7

          absolutely right, black love is crazy baby mama and dead beat daddy

        • well said

    • Very true especially on ABC the show probably would air one night and yank off the air by the next day.

    • soo true!

  • Jess

    Good call Kerry. Good call.

  • kierah

    She’s right, People would have said that the show was a roman a clef. Even MORE conspiracy theories would be flying around.

  • What’s wrong with this? Nothing, in my opinion. She made a good decision, if her explanation holds true. Good for her.

  • nunya

    I think it’s a good call on her part. I think there were rumors in the past about her and Obama…if Fitz was Black, I’m sure they would have started back up. Also, I do agree that people would have tried to infer that the Black president on Scandal was “supposed” to be Obama and this was something that was really going on. Good for you Kerry AND Shonda!

  • Excellent call by Kerry. Oh, and btw: two movies with African-American POTUS considered to be blockbusters are ‘Deep Impact’ with Morgan Freeman, ‘2012’ with Danny Glover, and let’s NOT forget the phenomenal performance of Dennis Haysbert as President David Palmer in ’24’. Many attribute Haysbert’s role as the groundwork for people truly envisioning a black POTUS in their lifetimes. Serious.

    • JEss

      I agree

      • Thanks, JEss – people forget sometimes how powerful the David Palmer role was in pop culture. ’24’ was AWESOME to have done that.

    • Gigi

      And DB Woodside after Hasbert’s character was killed off.

      • That’s right, Gigi – He’ll always be Principal Robin Wood on ‘Buffy’ for me 🙂

    • intelligent chik

      The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis…blockbuster film…black POTUS

  • Atin

    I understand where she’s coming from, and I agree with her 100%.