Throwing Shade

Do you stand with Shonda after controversial 'Scandal' finale?

Creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes speaks onstage during the "Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder" panel at the Disney/ABC Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Aug. 4 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes speaks onstage during the "Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder" panel at the Disney/ABC Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Aug. 4 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Invision/AP

Spoiler alert: Shonda Rhimes like to stir the controversy part.

But do people watch her shows because they are fairy tales with happy endings?

Spoiler alert: Big girls do cry. Thanks, Fergie.

NPR reported that Thursday's winter finale of "Scandal" drew praise and criticism in Twittersphere after a clip showed PR maven Olivia Pope on an operating table, with her eyes wide open, seemingly having an abortion.

The father of the child is probably President Fitzgerald Grant. He and Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, were finally a couple after years of having an affair. At the end of the episode, though, fans saw that come to an end, too.

And Twitter was packed with all of the feels.

For some, Rhimes was a hero, showing America what women have to endure when making hard choices. For others, Olivia Pope was a murderer, killing her unborn child and (spoiler alert) not telling the child's father about her decision.

For the extremely passionate, boycotting "Scandal" seems to be the new trend.

I'm a "Scandal" and "How To Get Away With Murder" fanatic, but I live the Hulu life and watch shows a day (or week) behind. I didn't see the whole show in its entirety, but I saw the alleged abortion clip, and I only had one thought.

Surely, I can't be the only one who wasn't surprised by the plot twist.

The protagonist is a woman who had a long-term affair with the President of the United States. Her father, a secret agent known for killing anyone who comes into his path, is ruthless. Her mother was a terrorist.

Pope, along with senators, the White House Chief of Staff, and President Grant's wife, helped rig the presidential election.

People were murdered in cold blood time and time again. Huck, one of the main characters, loves to kill people. You might even call him a serial killer.

But an abortion will make you stop watching? Because picking and choosing which acts are considered "immoral" is a great basis to quit watching a television show with a strong, feminist main character -- something that has noticeably been absent from Primetime TV.

Some call Olivia Pope an anorexic, self-centered slut. Some call her a homewrecker devoid of feelings.

But what do I call Olivia Pope? I call her the definition of a strong woman.

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