Along with the flurry of debate around Planned Parenthood and whether or not it deserves funding, one of the largest television shows during what is now called #TGIT commented on the subject as well. “Scandal” is one of Shonda Rhimes’ three shows that appears on Thursday night ABC television, and is at the forefront of commenting about social issues. The winter finally, entitled “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” received stunning reviews as it took the issues of abortion and women’s reproductive rights head-on with the show’s two female frontrunners: fan favorite Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and rising star Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young). It was a harsh split for the fans, as some praised the episode for being bold, and some shunned it altogether.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) November 20, 2015
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 20, 2015
In the episode, two major plot points came about, and social media blew up using #Scandal:
1. Mellie Grant, Virginia’s junior senator, confronts the three white, male senators in charge of the budget bill because Planned Parenthood’s funding moved to the “discretionary” column. This basically means the funding can be taken away at any time. So while the bill is on the Senate floor, Mellie decides to filibuster to get that funding back. Permanently.
Planned Parenthood and an abortion in the same episode. Shonda Rhimes is not playing!!!! Bravo, #Scandal. BRAVO!!!
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) November 20, 2015
— Portia de Rossi (@portiaderossi) November 20, 2015
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) November 20, 2015
— Elite Daily (@EliteDaily) November 20, 2015
2. Olivia, sacred Olivia Pope, having an abortion on primetime television. Without telling a soul. Not like it’s her own decision, or anything.
— PoliteSouthernHelle (@Angelinoo) November 20, 2015
— Joy Michelle (@thejoyousliving) November 20, 2015
— Katie Yoder (@k_yoder) November 20, 2015
The show took a risk by bringing up some of the most debated conversations during our political atmosphere right now, especially with the recent Planned Parenthood attack in Colorado and the presidential debates. One side saw this episode as a win for women’s rights, and one side saw it as disgusting “whitewashed” entertainment that never happens in real life.
I loved everything about the #Scandal winter finale. EVERYTHING.
— Kimberly Renee (@reelsistas) November 20, 2015
People either LOVED the #Scandal winter finale or hated it. Folks threatening to quit watching. They're lying. We'll see em in February.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) November 22, 2015
What did you think? Did you #StandwithMellie and #StandwithPP? Or did you shun the show and vow to never watch #Scandal again?