ABC's "Scandal" Tackles the Issue of Genocide in All Too Familiar Way

From Enough blogs Thu Nov 29 2012, 10:43:25

Viewers of ABC's new hit show "Scandal," a sexy political drama that purports to unveil the indecent underbelly of our nation's capital, have, undoubtedly, found some of the show's plot lines a bit familiar. We've already seen Olivia Pope, a renowned Washington, D.C., fixer and public relations extraordinaire, played by Kerry Washington, represent the infamous D.C. Madam, uncover the body of a Georgetown co-ed left for dead in Rock Creek Park, and assist the wife of a Latin American dictator in seeking asylum in the United States. Olivia does all of this while carrying on an affair with the president. If another show, on another network, had not already laid claim to the phrase, one could easily say that the fictional plot lines in "Scandal" are "ripped from the headlines."

One plot line that has recently run through multiple episodes concerns a possible genocide in the fictional country of East Sudan. Under pressure from some in his administration, as well as his wife, President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn, must decide whether to launch a U.S. military intervention to stop the genocide and protect the innocent citizens of East Sudan. Some within the White House believe that a strong U.S. response to the suspected genocide will play well at home for President Grant, who is soon to launch a re-election bid. While grappling with this decision, President Grant discovers that the CIA tampered with photographs of East Sudan in a failed bid to convince the White House that a genocide is underway.

The East Sudan story line touches upon the real life political calculations that presidents must make vis-à-vis foreign policy decisions, particularly before an election cycle. The fictional East Sudan should also remind us of the all too real genocide that occurred in the North African country of Sudan (no "East") nearly 10 years ago. In real life, the Sudanese government ...

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Nigeria:   Suicide Bomber Kills 20 in Religious Procession (news)
Premium Times
27 November 2015

The Islamic Movement in Nigeria, which comprises members of the Shi'ite ideology, has given insight into how a suicide bomber disguised as one of its members and blew himself up during a procession in ... [read more]

Central African Republic:   Pope Heading for Violence-Prone CAR (news)
Deutsche Welle
27 November 2015

Pope Francis will conclude his brief tour of Africa with a challenging trip to the Central African Republic, a poverty stricken country riddled with violence between Muslim rebels and Christian ... [read more]

Mozambique:   Renamo Militia Join National Army (news)
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
28 November 2015

A further group of eight members of the illegal militia of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo have defected to the government, accepting its offer of social reintegration. [read more]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!

Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...