IT’S HANDLED: WHY OLIVIA POPE IS THE MOST PROMINENT BLACK FIGURE ON TELEVISION

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Shonda Rhimes singlehandedly took over Primetime television with her #TGIT line-up. And while all of her shows are some of the highest ranked shows on television, there is one show in particular that I believe is the most important show on television today. That show is Scandal

Scandal follows the life of expert Media Relations and Image Consultant, Olivia Pope. She got the president in the White House (twice) and she has a her own firm in which she has her own staff, payroll, & high profile clientele. Did I forget to mention that she’s a Black woman? 

While there has been a lot of backlash from the Black community on how Pope shouldn’t be cherished because of her background as a “mistress” (and for a White man), I would beg to differ. I propose 5 reasons why Olivia Pope is possibly the most significant Black figure on television right now. They are:

5. SHE IS THE WHITE HOUSE:

As mentioned earlier, Pope not only got the president in the White House once, but she helped him secure his spot the second time around. She was not only the Media Relations representative for the White House, but even after quitting, she has been brought in to tackle obstacles that even the President’s Chief-of-Staff couldn’t solve. And while her brains got her to the White House, the President’s love and infatuation for Pope only adds to the power and influence Pope possesses over the most rich and powerful. 

4. DON’T CROSS HER:

If you have seen Scandal, then you know that Olivia means business. When given an instruction, you are to follow it. You don’t give your opinion, you don’t find a way to make it better, you do it! If crossed, the consequences can range anywhere from job loss, prison, and even death. Olivia will not be outwitted. Olivia is skilled in revenge and she will use it on any and everyone who gets in her way.

3. THE WORLD ALMOST WENT TO WAR FOR HER:

Olivia is such a force, she is known internationally by world leaders and black markets. When she was kidnapped, the world held a bid to get their hands on her. With billions of dollars coming in, collectively, on her head and the President hovering his hand over the “war” button, we not only seen that Olivia probably the most important figure in the United States, but also in the world. We seen that while the President willing to go to war, we also seen how much value the knowledge of this one woman held. 

2. HER STYLE IS UNMATCHED: 

Whether she was running in a tracksuit, gathering the facts in her famous pantsuit, or attending the inauguration in a ballroom gown, every woman looked up to the slay queen herself, Olivia Pope. Olivia’s style was so influential that a lot of people actually wanted to imitate her flawlessness. Popular retail chain, The Limited, created a full line catered to the multifaceted fashion’s of Olivia Pope. You name someone who inspired a nation of wardrobe changes? I’ll wait..

1. SHE HANDLES IT:

This reason is probably self-explanatory after reading the other four points. Olivia is never a last resort in trying to get your problem solved. No issue is too big or too small for her to handle. Tell her your problem and she’ll give you one of the greatest tagline’s in television history: “It’s handled.” And it will be. 

Rasheed Davis