Though they have Fitzgerald Grant in common, Olivia Pope and Mellie Grant are two very different women. One is a woman who has had many terrible things happen to her, yet she never references them, let alone use them as an excuse to curry sympathy or favour. Here’s a brief list of…
Excellent analysis. The problem is I think the writers think like the media (and actually many humans) re:Mellie where the urge is to throw the responsibility/backlash of personal choices made unto someone else’s shoulders. I just wish someone in the MSM would have the balls enough to write something even close to this concerning Mellie. I’m not sure why she continues to foist the screw ups of her choices on her husband (who once stood beside her in loneliness and ignorance for a decade), and now Olivia Pope. It’s just frustrating to see this BS bought hook, line and sinker with no questions asked of Mellie.
See, I think the writers are doing this on purpose exactly for this kind of controversy. I don’t think they hold it as a single truth that Mellie is a victim and that everyone owes her something. Simultaneous truths exist in the Scandalverse. What I want to know is, we’ve gotten plenty of the victim side as a reason for her lies and manipulations. When will the writers give us the other side where characters see right through her, or allow the wheels to completely come off the bus? Fitz was the only one who tried to hold her accountable for the lie she told him 15 years ago. Some people (including media) STILL sympathized with Mellie and demonized Fitz even though Mellie said very little in that scene. We mostly got Fitz’s perspective. Few people considered his feelings because 1) He’s a man. If he’s denied tenderness, that shouldn’t count and he’s an asshole for even being upset about it ::eye roll::; 2) The audience knows about the rape and Fitz doesn’t, therefore he’s deemed the asshole and Mellie the victim. That’s purposeful by the writers, but why? I don’t think it’s because #Fitzisthe devil ::eye roll :: My faith makes me hopeful that that they are building up to something with Mellie because he victimization is becoming trite. It feels like it’s building to a hilt, but it’s hard to tell with these writers. In real life, most people would NOT know about her rape and NOT give her a free pass to do whatever she likes as some justification for that past trauma; 3)People are so basic and petty. Because Fitz has had an affair, nothing he says is valid. They so readily accepted Mellie’s tale as a way of understanding her a little better, but would not accept that Fitz was actively pushed away by Mellie for 10 fucking years before the man felt desperate and broken enough to fill the hole on his heart. But again, he’s a married man and marriage is a sacrifice that you stick with no matter what ::eye roll::
I could go on, but I’ll spare you.
I too was thinking all of this “St. Mellie” narrative was building up to something. But you’re right, if it is, it’s taken too gosh darn long. Just like I thought all of Jakes shadiness and lack of accountability was leading up to something too. But we get more of the same in the pentultimate episode. Sigh. With every thing else going on with the bomb, and Mama and Papa Pope, I doubt they will have time to address the issues that lie with these two characters during the finale.
Truth be told, I think all of this is manipulative by the writers so that the audience wouldn’t judge Mellie for having an affair. And well, I don’t know why Jake is literally getting away with murder when it comes to Liv. I know they’re trying to push the love triangle. But why write that he choked her, if everybody is supposed to forget that it ever happened?
I think the writers are doing their jobs. Good drama does not leave you feeling indifferent. They are not writing to manipulate you they are conveying Mellie’s perspective. It’s not the writers’ fault that a significant and vocal group is identifying with Mellie’s perspective. It’s the writers’ job to have that character act and speak in a manner consistent with that character’s perspective. It is the viewer’s choice to accept her perspective as truth or take it with a grain of salt or wait for another perspective or what have you. Frankly, the points Katrina Pavela makes are so clear to me that it’s hard for me to understand how any viewers don’t get it. But that’s not the writers’ fault. It’s not even necessarily a bad thing. If I were watching in a vacuum rather than hanging in the fandom, I wouldn’t be bothered at all by what’s going on on Scandal. The frustration comes from other folks seeing things their own way rather than my way (aka the RIGHT way! 😇)