Scandal’s Rape Isn’t About Likability


[This post talks about plot details from last night's Scandal.] On Thursday's ironically titled "Everything's Coming Up Mellie," we learned that yet another one of our main Scandal characters has been the victim of abuse: Fifteen years ago, Mellie's father-in- law Big Jer raped her — and might be the father of her son, also named Jerry. It was a horrifying scene, even for a show that often depicts torture, assault, murder, and emotional abuse. There's plenty of discussion to be had about rape-as-cheap-plot-device, though I'll hold off on accusing Scandal of that until we see whether the assault is ever referenced again. (My guess is yes, and my guess is that Mellie tells Olivia.)  Read More...


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