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No. Seriously. Where are her Black friends?
I realized I would like Scandal a lot more if Olivia Pope had a Black girlfriend, or two, that she hung out with from time-to-time. How is it possible that this Black woman does not have any Black girlfriends she can decompress with? Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of the show. I love Kerry Washington, and I love the Black Twitter community discussions when the show airs, but, other than that, I’m really not that into Scandal. I can only be interested in the “Black woman fixes White people problem” plot for so long.
The astute cultural critics on Black Twitter noted that Olivia Pope is a career woman, and that is sort of the sole focus of her life on the show. Well, outside of her affair with the White president dude. @Ranity pointed out that, “She doesn’t have ANY friends. Which may speak to the fact that she had no mother and was sent away by her dad to boarding.” I think this is an interesting perspective, and Olivia Pope’s lack of Black friends, women or otherwise, might be intentional, but I still find it a bit odd. @JorgeCotto felt, “If Olivia Pope had friends they would have told her to lose that loser white guy a long time ago!” I could definitely see one of Olivia’s Black girlfriends being like, look girl, it’s time to cut the shit. Haha. Over on Facebook, Khepri T. pointed out that Olivia’s not even liked by her parents though. It’s hard out there for Olivia Pope in the realm of relationships outside of work.
I asked a good Black woman friend of mine from college how she felt about Olivia Pope’s lack of Black woman friends, and she said it is sort of Shonda Rhimes’ thing. She thinks Shonda Rhimes is one of those second-wave feminist types who feels that work liberates women and, thus, her entire focus of her woman characters in on their work life, and not their less “liberated” personal lives. Interesting perspective, if you ask me. It does seem that Rhimes’ women characters are more work focused than anything else. Which is not a bad thing, in and of itself.
Part of me just needs to accept that Girlfriends is no longer on the air. I loved the professional/personal balance that Joan, Toni, Maya, and Lynn displayed. They had their careers, but they also found time to be friends, to be girlfriends. I loved seeing that dynamic on television, and I would love to see Olivia Pope interact with some Black friends, particularly Black girlfriends. It would be a great way to introduce some more Black actresses into the show.
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What do you think? Does Olivia need Black friends?