This is certainly an interesting statement to make. When I first read that Kerry Washington would have rejected the role of Olivia Pope on popular ABC drama “Scandal” if the President had been black I immediately thought how much backlash that statement would garner. In fact, Washington was previously in a long term relationship and engaged to fellow actor David Moscow, who also happens to be white. During her relationship with Moscow, Washington faced criticism in the black community for dating outside of her race so with a statement like the one she made alarms went off.
The President is actually played by Tony Goldwyn (pictured above with Washington). He is engaged in a passionate, heart wrenching love affair with Olivia Pope, his mistress.
The truth is, Washington’s statement shouldn’t bring about any controversy . She goes on to explain her stance on why she wouldn’t have done the show with a black President.