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Olivia Pope and President Fitzgerald Grant, fictional characters on the TV show “Scandal,” have one of the most popular star-crossed relationships on TV. Whether it’s the interracial angle or the fact that Grant is a sitting president in love with someone other than his wife or the steamy sex scenes that just flirt the line between network and cable, we’re not sure. What we are sure of is that Black female viewers have fully embraced Pope, (played by Kerry Washington) and Fitz (played by Tony Goldwyn) as the TV couple to watch.
But why? Can these be the same Black women who chastised Alicia Keys and Fantasia for dating/sleeping with married men? Are these the same women who think infidelity is wrong in real life but okay in the context of the alternate universe of TV land? Well, maybe. But it could be because President Grant is white. Surprisingly enough, when Fitz’ main rival (at first) came along, he was a worthy candidate. Edison Davis, Olivia’s other love interest and former fiancée was a senator, a tall and good-looking Black man who was nonetheless deemed “boring” and “Cosby-esque” by “Scandal” viewers. Huh? A good-looking, educated Black man with a good job with good benefits, a job with the potential to last for years and possibly advance to the highest office in the land doesn’t get the win? How, exactly, does that work?