COLUMN: An Early Farewell to ‘Scandal’
Earlier this year – in this space, I talked about the embarrassing predicament that ABC and its cable operations (including Disney Channel and ESPN) have gotten The Walt Disney Company into and said, “Most television executives would have stopped the corruption going on at both networks a long time ago, but [Ben] Sherwood might be looking for a way to profit from the liberal bleed infecting both broadcasters.”
One example of that radical left agenda – the Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal – is ending this coming October after 5 years and 7 seasons. Quite frankly, it does not come as a surprise, as Scandal and its cast and crew (as well as Rhimes’ own Grey’s Anatomy to some extent) became increasingly unhinged in the show’s so-called “storytelling” and in public appearances, it became the turning point of the entire television arm putting the company in a difficult position. Disney has one of the most wholesome, family-friendly (not to mention geek-friendly to some extent) public images in big business, and one division continues to tarnish that image, thanks to the popularity of this television program which has since waned after the infamous abortion episode aired back in 2015.
The ship really began sinking when an episode where a school shooting took place aired in 2014. It was then when the fictional President Fitzgerald Grant (played by Hillary fan Tony Goldwyn) said this:
The right to bear arms — set in stone in the Constitution by our founding fathers. So was slavery, by the way. The right to bear arms — seems indisputable until the shooter comes, until you’re Lisa Elliot, covered in blood, watching a little girl take her last breath, watching the light go out of her eyes. And that, that is where the argument ends. That is when the debate is over.
The amazing thing is that Scandal lasted as long as it did. Never in the history of television has a more influential and successful prime time soap opera alienated so many viewers as much as Scandal has. Getting an abortion to the tune of Silent Night, bashing Republicans as not believing in education, smearing “filthy country people” using a cartoonish caricature of now-president Donald Trump months before the 2016 presidential election… you name it. The hits kept on coming.
As a longtime Disney fan and a shareholder in the company, it was fascinating for this writer to witness – and still is. While the popular sitcom Last Man Standing – starring conservative Disney Legend Tim Allen – was cancelled despite good ratings, and Bill O’Reilly was forced out of Fox News (and rightfully so in some cases) due to sexual harassment allegations, Scandal just kept rolling right along – with ABC picking up other cartoonish left-wing smut similar to it (despite most of it getting poor ratings).
Here’s how I process all of this. With Scandal, Shonda Rhimes has shown herself to be a far-left person, and those who believe what she believes are sympathetic to her – including many in Hollywood and the mainstream media. Unlike Allen and O’Reilly, Rhimes’ in-your-face, anti-conservative propaganda in Scandal was useful to what Media Research Center writer Dan Gainor brilliantly calls the alt-left. Her progressive point of view has unfortunately become mainstream in the entertainment world, and other television networks – even those aimed at preschoolers – have gotten away with shoving progressive propaganda down our throats – even being assisted by groups like the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Planned Parenthood, and GLAAD in that effort.
While NewsBusters and other right-leaning outlets continued to look at these episodes more critically, most of the other media ignored them – the same media that preys on people like O’Reilly and Allen for daring to oppose their way of thinking. In the end, Scandal wasn’t able to see more than 7 seasons on the air. This TV drama has shown to the world that Rhimes wants 100% affirmation. No dissent is tolerated in any of her work. It’s possible that Disney ended up realizing that their television division has taken a public opinion and ratings beating, and enough was enough. Had Rhimes been around working at the company in the ’60s when television was at its prime, Walt himself wouldn’t be thrilled with her act.
Sayonara, Scandal. Alienating potential viewers can only go so far. Good riddance.