In the latest issue of “Ebony,” Hollywood’s latest “It Girl,” Kerry Washington, who graces the cover, says that she would have passed on the role of Olivia Pope if the White, married president that she has a steamy affair with on the show had been Black.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know that ABC’s Scandal is the break out hit of the season and Washington is riding high off the success of both the television series and the most controversial movie of 2012, Django Unchained.
Still, she — or rather her Scandal character Olivia– is not beloved by all.
Most recently, Washington has taken heat for guilty-pleasure affair with the fictitious President of the United States, from none other than Star Jones, who voiced her concern with the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes:
To which Rhimes responded:
The scandalous nature of her relationship with the POTUS on the show does not escape Washington, who says that is exactly why she would have passed on the role if the character were played by a Black man.