There’s something my grandmother used to do whenever I’d start dating someone. I would tell her his name and then she would say “Oh, what part of town does he live in?”. That was her way of asking if my boyfriend was white. Oh yeah, my grandmother was an out-and-out racist, I know what prejudice looks like. [x]


Last night on Scandal, Lisa Kudrow — playing a Congresswoman running for President — had a seething monologue about the sexist, gendered, angled way women in politics are covered by the media.

Kudrow has been playing Josie Marcus, a Congresswoman from Montana, campaigning to be POTUS. In last night’s episode, Olivia Pope and her cohorts show Marcus a low-blow attack ad from her opponent (Reston) right before she sits down for a live, televised interview. In the ad, a woman’s trembling hand reaches for a doorknob while a stern voiceover guy says: “On the other side of this door sit the leaders of Syria, China, and Iran. On the other side of this door is America’s future — success and failure, life and death. Does America really want an inexperienced hand opening this door?” Classic negative political ad, slightly reminiscent of the infamous 3 A.M. phone call spot — but made even more pointed by the fact that it’s a female, manicured hand shaking in terror.

The ad is in Marcus’s mind as she sits down for her interview with James Novak, and she breaks from the usual calm, collected, poised TV mode into let-me-tell-it-like-it-is mode. The points Marcus makes are all too familiar for anyone who’s watched women in politics (or women in any public forum, for that matter) be attacked and criticized.


Black leads in “Phantom of the Opera”: 

  1. Robert Guillaume, Phantom in Los Angeles 1989-90. 
  2. Nicholas Nkuna, u/s Phantom + Passarino in South Africa 2011-12. 
  3. Norm Lewis, Phantom on Broadway, 2014-15. 
  4. Lana English, Christine in South Africa 2004. 
  5. Josie Benson, u/s Madame Giry in West End 2003-04. 
  6. Angela M. Caesar, Carlotta in the restaged UK tour 2012-13. 
  7. Katie McCreary, u/s Carlotta in the restaged US tour 2013-15. 
  8. Heather Hill, u/s Carlotta on Broadway 2012-15. 
  9. Patricia Phillips, Carlotta on Broadway 2003, 2006, 2008-09. 
  10. Danielle White, Carlotta in Las Vegas 2008 (u/s 2006-12). 
  11. Thabiso Masemene, Piangi in South Africa/World Tour 2011-15. 
  12. John Whitney, Piangi in the US tour 2001, 2004-10. 
  13. Marcus Desando, Piangi in South Africa/World Tour 2004-05. 
It’s not about experience, James. It’s about gender. Reston’s saying I don’t have the balls to be president and he means that literally. It’s offensive. It’s offensive to me, and to all the women whose votes he’s asking for … and it’s not just governor Reston speaking in code about gender, it’s everyone, yourself included. The only reason we’re doing this interview in my house is because you requested it. This was your idea and yet here you are thanking me for inviting you into my “lovely home”. That’s what you say to the neighbor lady who baked you chocolate chip cookies. This pitcher of iced tea isn’t even mine, it’s what your producer set here. Why? Same reason you called me a “Real Life Cinderella Story” - it reminds people that I’m a woman without using the word. For you it’s an angle, I get that, and I’m sure you think it’s inoccuous but guess what? Its not. You’re promoting stereotypes, James. You’re advancing this idea that women are weaker than men. You’re playing right into the hands of Reston and into the hands of every other imbecile who thinks that a woman isn’t fit to be Commander in Chief. Yes, Governor, I’m talking about you.
—  Josie Marcus - Scandal 3x06

Just a friendly reminder that… 

1. Phantom in Los Angeles: Robert Guillaume 
2. Christine in Toronto: Margaret Ann Gates 
3. Raoul (and later Phantom) in West End: Ramin Karimloo 
4. Christine in South Africa: Lana English 
5. Carlotta on Broadway: Patricia Phillips 
6. Piangi in the World Tour: Marcus Desando 
7. Carlotta in the UK tour: Angela M. Caesar 
8. Meg Giry in the World Tour: Jee-Hyun Noh 
9. Madame Giry in West End: Josie Benson (u/s)
10. Meg Giry in Hamburg: Hinako Sakuraoka (u/s)

None of the angels wear clothes when they first arrive in Night Vale (or ascend there). Old Woman Josie knits coordinated outfits for all of them. The Erika formerly known as Marcus Vansten was still nude as of Old Oak Doors because he refused to wear such pedestrian, non-designer clothing. (Even though no major label makes clothes designed for ten-feet-tall individuals who don’t exist anyway.)


I have never watched Scandal before, and I probably won’t start. But this. This is the definition of perfect. Lisa Kudrow plays Josie Marcus, a woman running for president. This speech cuts through how sexism is integrated in our lives by the media, and how the media uses these type of issues to create their cutting edge stories. This is absolutely brilliant. Watch it, please.

I was thinking about how Mellie’s treating Olivia and it’s disgusting (especially since she co-signed the affair). She’s smiling, hi welcome home bs, but the moment Olivia steps out of line…doesn’t do Mellie’s bidding, it’s back to being a “whore”

And another thing. Shonda has addressed the race issue btw Fitz & Olivia, but not Mellie/Olivia. B/c that’s some white feminist bs that Mellie’s pulling out of her butt.

Aaaaand what about Mellie’s classism (comments about josie) but of course she’s a mainstream modern “practical”

I believe in you shonda!
'Scandal' Case Study: Lisa Kudrow Says Josie is 'In It to Win It'

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the “Icarus” episode of ABC’s Scandal.] Lisa Kudrow’s Sen. Josie Marcus emerged as a bonafide challenger to Sen. Tom Reston (Tom Amandes) on the Democratic ticket for president during Thursday’s Scandal.

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We found out on the previous episode that Olivia Pope’s mother may or may not have been on a plane that was shot down by her boyfriend President Fitz during Operation Remington. Well now Liv wants answers. Her two B6-13 “bodyguards” Huck & Jake are diligently trying to put out the fire because they were the ones who revealed this news to Olivia. Meanwhile on Team Fitz, Mellie Cyrus and The President are hoping Olivia will take the job as campaign advisor. But we all know that isn’t going to happen… Especially when Fitz can’t give Liv a straight answer about Operation Remington. She turns down the job offer and goes to work for Fitz’s opponent Phoebe Buffay… I mean uh, Josie Marcus.
Cyrus goes after Harrison, Olivia’s fast talking talker guy to try to get him to convince Liv not to support Josie’s campaign. Apparently there’s a criminal named Salif trying to get back into the country and this has Harrison shook up. Maybe he sold him a bad car. Meanwhile Sally Langston agrees to attend dinner with Fitz Mellie and Cyrus to discuss strategy for the upcoming campaign. But she’s secretly plotting with her campaign advisor (Cooper from Private Practice) to steal the election away from Fitz.
Harrison goes to Huck for help with his Salif problem but it looks like Cyrus has gotten the best of him. Cyrus also seems to be a step ahead of Sally Langston as well, knowing full well what she’s planning. Pope & Associates trick Josie into being more aggressive in her interview. Elsewhere Jake, while on the search for answers for Olivia, is almost gunned down by a B6-13 agent he assumed to be on his side but was turned against him by Olivia’s father Eli.
And Quinn during all this has been frequenting the gun range and taking tips from B6-13 assassin Charlie. All of this seems to be
Building up to a great winter finale. It’s good to see Harrison’s storyline being uncovered. However I am pissed Quinn is still relevant. She’s gotta go.