First it was the Tyler Perry debate. Then it was the Kanye West debate. I vowed that I was going to stay away from this debate, yet, here I am . . . again . . . going against the grain in the SCANDAL debate. No shock here: I HATE that show with a passion! The first thing that will enter a lot of women’s minds who love the show is that I hate it because the lead character, Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) is having an affair with the president of the United States, a Caucasian man. I can’t speak for any other Black man, but, I could not care less about with whom this woman is having an affair.
My hatred for the show is strictly because, in my opinion, the writing sucks. To high heaven. The first and most important thing that grates my nerves is that Olivia Pope is supposed to be this crackerjack who has such a discerning mind, who leads a team of similarly crackerjack minds, but we don’t see that. The problem is that she completely blows their very first case in the pilot. The argument that I have encountered is that her losing the case just shows her human side, that she, too, is capable of human error. I would be alright with that supposition had that same “humanity” not been brought out in the very first episode. It would have served the show better had she went on to crack cases, back to back, establishing the idea that she and her team were so fantastic. After a few episodes or so, then they could have shown her vulnerable side.
The second thing that irked me, to no end, was the incessant babbling of each and every character on the team. Every time a member of the team would speak, it would be an entire diatribe about whatever it was that they were trying to push. It turned out to be one long, drawn out paragraph, devoid of commas, and sending me to my knees, begging for someone to drop a period in there. Somewhere. Anywhere. Perhaps it would have come off better if that diatribe had been made by just one character. It could have been presented as a simple character trait. But, everyone on the team? Nah. Not working this way.
I looked forward to this show before it hit the airwaves, with bated breath. Forget the plot – Kerry Washington is a treat for the eyes, before even mentioning her acting abilities. On the night of the pilot, I sat, with my family, snacks in hand, prepared to be dazzled. Instead, I - we were so taken aback at the poor writing that was given to us to swallow – swallow like a huge, disgusting pill. In my small circle of friends and family, I have seen mixed reactions to the show, My sister, a Black woman, HATES the show. My daughter, a black woman (who initially did not like the show, and is married to a Caucasian), hit me up on Facebook and said that she had watched it again and found that it’s not as bad as she had first thought. Many other friends on FB have said that they have been successful in converting a few of their friends to become fans. For me, I have to be convinced that a show is good by the pilot. If I can’t be swooned by the very first episode, there is no going back for me. Just my own little quirk . . . but mine to flaunt.
I am also a firm believer in the motto “To each their own”, when voicing my opinions. For whatever reasons that I have for hating the show, can I please just be a hater without being verbally attacked for doing so, particularly if you’ve misinterpreted my reasons for disliking the show? I realize that there are two tons of people who watch the show faithfully and love it to the max. To that, I say, “Enjoy!” I’m not one of them. Having heard my true reasons for not liking the show, can I please just exercise my prerogative, be a hater, and still live in peace? V.
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