What the 'Scandal' Impact Really Means

The impact of the actress' work is bigger than its success on the small screen.

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Kerry Washington attends the MTV Movie Awards in April 2013. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

For some, Kerry Washington's portrayal of Olivia Pope on Scandal is a coup because it dismisses the idea that black women are unattractive in mainstream society, writes the New York Times.

It's clear that "Scandal" has touched a nerve: Twitter regularly blows up with "Scandal"-related tweets when the show is on, and the flood of cyberspace chatter has included debates about the interracial sex, the politics and the clothes. Ms. Washington's remark this year that she would have turned down the role had the president been black (out of concern that such a character might reflect an insider's view of Mr. Obama, whose administration she volunteers for) drew attention, too.