Earlier this week I got wind of this most interesting clip of the hit teledrama "Scandal" starring Kerri Washington and written by Shonda Rhimes (no relation to Busta as far as I know; H/T Black Yoda). I've briefly mentioned and discussed "Scandal" previously here at the O-Files, but didn't take it any further than that.
Let me also say that I have yet to view an entire episode of the show. In light of what I saw in the clip however, I just might wind up getting the first few season's worth of DVDs and sitting down to do a marathon of watching. Gamesmen know well the value and importance of such researches.
The featured clip is interesting, for this reason - and hence my question, especially if you happen to be (A) a Black Woman and/or (B) a rabid watcher of the show:
As we can see in this clip, Olivia Pope (Washington) is being visited by a Brotha who, from what we can glean in said clip, is a US Senator. They also appear to have been romantically involved to the extent that Senator Brotha has proposed - twice - and has done so bearing his grandmother's wedding ring. Apparently, for whatever reason, things have not worked out between them, and Senator Brotha really looks hurt, rejected and disappointed.
Now - here's my question; listen carefully...
For more than a generation, we have been told by Black Women - particularly Black Women typified by the Olivia Pope archetype - that there simply is not enough of the kinds of Brothas seen in the clip above to go around. Rightly or wrongly - and I personally think it's a bit of both - this meme has strong cache and cultural force in the Black community. It is the backbone around which many a movie, book, article or blogpost has been crafted; scores of panels and forums discuss this ad nauseum; and more.
But here we have a Black Woman in Pope, who has shotdown Senator Brotha, twice. I know that this isn't real, "Scandal" is just a tv show; I get that. And I also know that there may have been a lot that went down leading up to the clip that I don't know about and could have a hand in how things turned out. Granted.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that such a scene, from the point of view of a Black Man, seems just a weebit baffling. It flies in the face of all the agitprop we have gotten from the Sistarati over the past few decades. It boggles the mind. It beggars belief.
If a Brotha like Senator Brotha - tall, handsome, highly accomplished - all the things Sistas have claimed to want and are convinced there are simply not enough of them to go around - can not only get shotdown, but get shotdown twice, even after going down on bended knee bearing his grandma's ring - then, I honestly don't know what to say.
So, I'm hoping that perhaps, you do.
As a Black Man, what am I to take away from the clip presented above, knowing that "Scandal" is a show that is immensely popular with Black Women?
You. Tell. Me.
Now adjourn your arses...