Did Scandal’s Ferguson-Inspired Episode Have Too Happy of an Ending?

Scandal Olivia Pope and Activist

-Michael Arceneaux

Despite certain optics surrounding Scandal – its creator and star are both Black women – the show very rarely tackles the issue of race head on. However, last night the show took cues from Law & Order: SVU and pulled a story “ripped from the headlines.” The headline in question took many of its cues from recent events that have taken place in Ferguson. I regret not forming a prayer circle before the airing given you never know how a melodramatic show like Scandal will tackle such serious subject matter.

Yet, minus a few winces here and there, I did not want to down a bottle of red wine only to crack the bottle in rage. Yes, that’s a compliment. It was sort of like an after school special, only with a much bigger budget. No shade.

Alright now, let’s discuss.

1. Were you uncomfortable?
The timing of this episode was eerie: days after the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death coupled with the release of the Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson police department. It’s been quite a long week, particularly if you are of color and all too aware of the climate. The entire time I was thinking, “Please, don’t be on no bullshit, Shonda.”

Scandal is camp, but it’s actually impressive to see a show like that try to tackle police brutality and institutionalized racism in this manner.

2. Can we get more of activist bae?
Welcome to the show, Cornelius Smith Jr., who played Marcus, the neighborhood activist who challenged both Olivia’s motives and allegiance to the people who look like her but live far away from K Street. Now, the man is handsome, but as far as some of the dialogue goes, whew, they made he seem like he’s only been to three classes of Revolutionary 101.

And that chant: “Stand up! Fight back! No more Black man under attack!” Remind me to use this line when Uber is charging double the rate and I need to hail a yellow cab.

That said, he did push Olivia so by the time the police chief who hired her started to dismiss her advice, she went from Condi to pre-Democratic Primary Michelle real quick.

3. Black people love their lawn chairs, don’t they?
Scandal Lawn Chair

Even when met with a police standoff, you can’t keep a Black person of a certain age away from their lawn chair. Shonda tweeted that she specifically wanted to have the kind of lawn chairs you see your grandparents sitting in. Mission accomplished. Had this not been about avenging his son’s unjust murder, they could’ve blasted Earth Wind and Fire in the background for more effect.

4. Why is Olivia Pope already working again?
Olivia just spent an extended amount of time being kidnapped and held for ransom. Clearly, she is suffers from PTSD, and yet, here she is, standing in front of an angry man holding a shotgun. Why is she not on some island listening to 702 on Spotify, not dealing with a crisis so soon after her own?

5. So the governor of a state is just going to upload a YouTube video while lounging in her PJs?
Meanwhile, this show is a parallel universe in which Republicans acknowledge white privilege and our inclusive and less evil. Even so, I rolled my eyes when I heard “We all matter.” Girl, go away. It’s not about everyone else; just the Black folks getting shot at by the police.

Kerry Washington reveals how long she wants to play Olivia Pope.

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Harrison Ford Allegedly in Critical Condition After Plane Crash

According to TMZ, Harrison Ford was involved in a plane crash in Venice, Calif. earlier today that left him seriously injured.

However, there have been conflicting reports on his well-being.

Here’s what we know so far: local L.A. news station KTLA reported that a small plane, identified as a Ryan PT-22 Recruit, crash-landed at Penmar Golf Course at approximately 2:55 PST, and its adult male pilot, approximately 70 years old, was rushed to the hospital.

KTLA has since updated their report, and noted that a fire official has stated that the injured occupant was in fair to moderate condition.

“Two doctors were there, and they had a 1st aid box with them. He was conscious, talking a little– a HUGE cut on his head,” a witness told TMZ.

The Indiana Jones star has been involved in a crash-landing before. In 1999, he, along with his instructor, ran a helicopter into a riverbed Santa Clarita, Calif.


TMZ published alleged audio of Ford reporting engine failure. Listen below.

According to NBC4, a family member of Ford’s confirmed the actor’s involvement, stating that he’s fine and only suffered minor injuries.

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Lena Dunham’s First ‘Scandal’ Pics, Kristin Cavallari Defends Her Hotness + More in Today’s…


The first photos of Lena Dunham‘s Scandal debut arrive, Kristin Cavallari is hot and wants you to know it, Aaron Paul doesn’t rule out Better Call Saul cameo, and more celebrity news.

  • Lena Dunham and her Scandal wig make us a little uncomfortable. Speaking of Scandal, brace yourselves because a fan favorite is coming back. [THR/E!]

  • Kristin Cavallari called out husband Jay Cutler‘s NFL teammate Kyle Long on Twitter, after he implied Olivia Munn was hotter than she is. [US Weekly]

  • Aaron Paul hopes to make an appearance on Better Call Saul. [Uproxx]
  • Kim Kardashian says she has the “hairiest forehead you could ever imagine.” Ew? [Yahoo!]
  • If you want to see Fifty Shades of Grey in India, you’re SOL. [PopSugar]
  • Can Dylan O’Brien be the next Spider-Man, please? [E!]
  • Big Morning Buzz Live discusses why Empire has been tearing up the ratings.

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The Lyon Family Gets Taken Hostage on Next Week’s ‘Empire’ Because There Can Never Be Enough…

Empire Hostage Episode

Empire never skimps on the drama, instead preferring to cram as many (addictive and highly entertaining) storylines into one episode as possible. Which is why it’s a perfect time to hold the Lyon family hostage while they’re in the middle of a war with a rival record label.

“A huge, huge bombshell is dropped of what we thought was the truth and Lucious is behind all of it,” Jussie Smollett told People when the cast dished on next week’s “Sins of the Father” episode. In addition to exploring illegitimate children, secret marriages, longterm prison time, federal investigations, fraud, mental illness, ALS, drug addiction, sexuality, and murder, Empire is throwing in a hostage situation, because sure. Suddenly, the odds that someone other than Lucious or Andre might not make it to season two now seem much more likely.

In addition to facing death, Lucious has a showdown with Hakeem’s boo Camilla (Naomi Campbell) and Jennifer Hudson stops by to nurse Andre back to health. But do we really think that baby is Jamal’s? Where is the paternity test?!

What do you think? Is Empire stuffing too much action into each episode, or do you like your dysfunctional rich families to unwrap a new problem (without solving others) every week?

One thing we do know is that Love and Hip Hop Atlanta‘s Joseline Hernandez loves her some Cookie.

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