Monday, April 8, 2013

The Importance of Scandal in the Media

While on, I found a video of Melissa Harris-Perry discussing Scandal.

Melissa Harris-Perry has an awesome news show on MSNBC, but takes the time to discuss pop culture. She points out that Scandal, while a little ridiculous, is also ridiculously important.
Beyond that, I think it's really important that she is taking the time to discuss this show on a news channel. It's important because:

A) It's media promoting other good media. Too often the stories are about the reality television shows that generally portray harmful images of women. But to have Scandal being discussed in such an environment and how Olivia Pope is a well-written female character is a promotion of continuing writing well-written characters.

B) Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, and other 'soap-y' shows like them are dismissed as "Women's Shows", like they aren't as well made as other shows (See: basically every popular show of the past 5 years. Many shows use soap elements in order to tell a compelling dramatic story). To have a such discussed in such a 'serious', 'male-oriented' area highlights how important this show is. It also highlights Shonda Rimes, who is currently one of the most powerful showrunners and a woman.

And C) They're drinking wine. And watching TV and drinking wine are two of my favorite hobbies.

Here's the video. Enjoy!

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