Kerry Washington Says If President Was Black, She Would Not Have Starred In ‘Scandal’

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I’m very interested in how you die-hard ‘Scandal‘ fans will feel about this one. In an interview with EBONY (where she’s snagged the cover), actress Kerry Washington, who plays the role of ‘Olivia Pope’ shares an interesting tid-bit in how color shaped her decision on whether or not to participate in Shonda Rhimes’ popular ABC show.

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

Interesting right?

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Compliments of Blogs IndieWire, we caught a twitter exchange between Star Jones and Shonda Rhimes.

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Do you agree with Kerry’s rationale? Should the President’s color on the show have affected whether or not she played ‘Olivia’ and had an affair with a married man? 

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