one early sunday morning, olivia made her way down the stairs and into the kitchen of the beautiful vermont mansion that fitz had built for her. the sun was just beginning to rise and it was shining through the kitchen window. she peeked out to look at the view of the mountains in the distance, and she yawned. her husband, former president fitzgerald thomas grant III, was still asleep in bed. he had been up late the night before getting some paperwork done and cleaning up around the house for his wife. olivia placed a hand on her growing belly and smiled as she felt their unborn children moving around inside of her.
“good morning, mommy’s babies. let’s cook breakfast for daddy.”
she gathered up all of the ingredients for waffles and began cooking for him. she cooked bacon and eggs to go with it as well–one of his favorites. the aroma filled the house and traveled upstairs where fitz could smell it as it woke him up. @mr-president-grant

The “new Scandal fans” simply reflect what the show’s creator and writers want them to feel. It’s been clear from the interviews and tweets with Shonda in the past year that she loathes Fitz, loves Mellie, loves Olake, gets excited about the plot “twists” on the show and feels indifferent to powerhouse Olivia. The bones she tried to throw the Olitz shippers on twitter after particular harsh episodes like 315 or the finale is just the business woman inside of her scared that she might have finally pushed the audience that gave Scandal its success to begin with too far and threaten the bottom line.
—  Corinnestark spitting that real.
I have never heard Fitz call Olivia stupid, ignorant, naive, or dumb. I have never witnessed him systematically try to undermine her confidence in herself or her sense of self. In fact, he does just the opposite, even when he is upset with her his words indicate that he thinks she is all that and a bag of chips and that his anger at her is a result of the fact that he holds her in such high esteem. I think terms like verbally and emotionally abusive are thrown around by people to express their dislike for certain behavior. I don’t understand why people feel the need to go to the extreme when defining behavior they don’t like. Maybe it’s because they think it’s more persuasive? Well, it isn’t, unless you’re dealing with people who don’t know anything about abuse. I would say that Big Jerry, Mellie, Papa Pope, and Cyrus are the emotionally abusive characters in this series. Both Big Jerry and Mellie systematically undermine Fitz’s confidence in himself, either by claiming that he is nothing or by taking credit for his success. Papa Pope systematically belittles Olivia for her choices and for her beliefs. He treats her like a child when she is an adult. Cyrus was emotionally abusive toward James. He constantly belittled him.
—  Lauriolpla on emotional/verbal abuse within “Scandal” (via lauriolpla )

Complete bullshit from beginning to end. It is quite clear that you have chosen to watch this show through a haze of Fitz Derangement Syndrome and create a narrative that is acceptable to you (much like the writers of this fuckshit).

FACT: Fitz and Mellie were never about love. She allowed herself to be whored into an arranged marriage (218) in exchange for her own political future. She herself said they were never in love, but partners (202). It was simple: marry Fitz, get him to the WH, ride his coattails to a political career of her own. They were making a go of the marriage until the rape.

Instead of telling her husband or the police or cutting Jerry’s dick off, she chose to deal with it by blackmailing her rapist into supporting her husband’s political run—one that she wanted more than he did, as evidenced by her chasing down Cyrus in the shitpile that was 307. So she in fact did choose power over justice. You really tried it here, trying to lecture me about how rape victims cope—I already know firsthand how rape victims cope, so spare me. Then you tried to spin some pretend narrative about how her “love” for Fitz kept her from telling him because he’s such a delicate flower—something that has never, ever played out onscreen. So you are not only blaming Fitz for his father’s crime, but for her suicide attempt as well—which is just too moronic to be believed. Jerry and only Jerry is responsible for that shit. A year goes by, she’s had the baby that’s probably his brother, and has completely withdrawn from Fitz. It’s obvious from their convo that Fitz has been asking why for some time, and wants to know what he did wrong and how he can make it right. Mellie refuses to tell him, confides in Andrew & has an (emotional?) affair with him. You watch all this, and your take is that Fitz is a “self-absorbed twat” who just wants to fuck. Really? He’s not supposed to care that his marriage has changed drastically or ask any questions? Your bias is unreal.

Sacrifices, my ass. Mellie chose to give up her career and have kids she didn’t want (106) because it suited the role of supportive wife she wanted to project. Pretending is what’s real, after all (218). Getting Fitz where he wanted gets her where she wanted—nothing she did was for the love of Fitz. Mellie is simply a parasite doing what she could to preserve Fitz as her host, to ensure her survival. It is why, in the present, she is desperately clinging to a man who no longer wants her, has asked for divorce & has told her to her face that he is in love with another woman—instead of getting some dignity, self-respect, and a life. These are not “sacrifices”, these are poor life choices that she made, regrets, and needs to take responsibility for, instead for laying blame at Fitz’s feet. She definitely doesn’t get to hold A RAPE THAT HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT over Fitz’s head as a “sacrifice”. Again, she chose to deal with that as she saw fit, and has to accept responsibility for that has well. It is not a pass for all of the fucked-up things that she has done.

As for the Grant children, it has been shown that Fitz loves and cares about his kids, unlike the pretend version you’ve been watching. Mellie herself says she’s not maternal (217) and doesn’t like babies (213)—which is easy to believe since she risked killing Teddy by inducing a month early just to manipulate Fitz into stopping divorce talk (212). We’ve never seen J&K before 315, and Fitz has been shown spending time with Teddy for hours on end while Mellie watches, claiming she doesn’t know how he can stand it (214) and he keeps track of Teddy’s development (303). She, on the other hand, only bothers with him for photo ops, and hands him off to the nanny & Purrells herself to death once the camera is gone (213), and doesn’t even know that he can feed himself. Mellie admits that Teddy thinks Marta is his mother (303). Fitz was the one that didn’t want J&K in boarding school, either. So much for you being “pretty sure that he always looked miserable around his family”, and trying to make Mellie out as the better parent. Truly laughable, much like your post.

The only correct thing you’ve said is that they need a divorce.

—  Choclit98 exposing “Fitz Derangement Syndrome"  (via choclit98 )
I’ve questioned Shonda’s decisions in the editing room ever since she edited out the (IMHO) extremely pivotal scene in 2.14 following the server closet sex encounter with Fitz and Olivia…the moment when, after he’d been bitterly cruel to her in the hallway afterward, he turned back to look at her with tears in his eyes. Shonda has a rare gift in Tony Goldwyn, who has the extraordinary ability to be more expressive silent than most actors do with words. Just the way he slowed down and the way his body shifted position said so much about what he was feeling in that moment, even before we could see his face and the tears in his eyes. We knew what Olivia was feeling because we could see her face, but all we knew of Fitz’s feelings before he turned around was being told in how his body was positioned. Not many actors can pull so much off with just their physicality and facial expressions. For me, it’s not just that Shonda seems determined to thwart and kill a most compelling storyline…it’s that she seems completely unaware and unconcerned with the gifts and talents she has at her disposal (far surpassing those she has had on any of her other shows), and she seems incapable of allows the actors to use them to their - and her - fullest benefit. Moreover, she seems unwilling to allow Fitz to have any interior life whatsoever. When Fitz was vilified for his treatment of Olivia in that hallway, I did not use this scene to defend him, but rather to offer additional insight into the pain of the moment for BOTH of them. However most viewers never knew this scene had been filmed, and thus never had this additional insight. As a aspiring writer and artist myself, simply I do not understand choices that limit or restrict the interior life of a character. I just do not.
—  Iknowwhythesongbirdsings on Shonda Rhimes and “Scandal.”

It doesn’t matter what anyone does because it will have absolutely no bearing on events after the commercial break. The characters are chameleons designed simply to fit into the feverish landscape of Scandal’s non-stop thrill-o-coaster plot lines. Olivia is both a nun and sexually adventurous. Fitz is both desperately in love and coldly ambitious. Jake is both an abusive creeper and an uncomplicated romantic romp.

The goal is not to tell coherent stories with engaging characters, but simply to spin fast-moving yarns that can be marketed as #NoOneSawThatComing, because, after all, who could predict what sociopaths in the writer’s room will do next with their puppets.

—  Geejayeff spitting that real about “Scandal.”
Mellie is the showrunner’s pet and the showrunner wants her to replace Olivia as the lead of Scandal. Unfortunately, Mellie’s relevance to Scandal begins and ends with Fitzgerald Thomas Grant III. Fitz must be the president and she must be married to him or there is no place for her. She’s not going to join OPA or B6-13. We know it, her fans know it, and Bellamy and that pig Shonda know it. That’s why Bellamy is so desperate for Fitz to be in love with Mellie and why Shonda refuses to split them up. If there was a way to make Mellie relevant without Fitz, it would have been done already. Between her and Shonda’s other pet Jake, Scandal will remain permanently stagnant.
—  Hangingoutintheicu spitting that real.

“Emotional abuse” is a convenient phrase to paint a character you hate as some huge bully beating down on someone innocent and defenseless but you can’t call them “abusive” because they’ve never actually raised their hand to their so-called victim. There’s nothing obvious or quantifiable like physical or sexual abuse, so a harsh word from your hated character is “abuse” while equally harsh words to that character is simply them “being told the truth” or “getting read”. Fitz has never hit, only been hit by his “victims”, therefore to his haters, he’s an emotional abuser.

(I’m not saying that emotional abuse doesn’t exist, of course it does. It’s just that in fandom the accusation is overused — abused, if you will — and you have comments like “shut up” or “you suck” being termed as “emotional abuse”.)

—  Hangingoutintheicu dropping knowledge (via hangingoutintheicu )

anonymous asked:

'he’s never got to sacrifice anything of his or himself like any other character on this show has. He managed to get away with all of it and remain president' Get away with it? He got shot in the head! By Verna'a assassin! He had to climb out of bed to rescue Mellie from jail after she attempted a palace coup while he was dying and he's had to live with a woman who hates him because of his father's crime (which he knew nothing about) for 15 years! Fitz has paid as much as self pitying Mellie.

After being raped, Mellie didn’t blame or even told him what he father did. She distanced herself and kept suffering on her own. He couldn’t even notice it and we saw on the flashbacks how he would yell at Mellie for not letting him touch her. I know he wasn’t supposed to conclude it by himself and the abuse wasn’t his fault, but damn, he was her HUSBAND. Couldn’t it recognize the FEAR in her eyes? It wasn’t simply disgust. But he didn’t, he ignored it and started to ignore her. And when has Fitz payed for anything? Verna ordered his death, he killed her even though she was dying anyway because he had to get his revenge. He beat Jake, nothing happened. When he went to freaking WAR - that resulted in the death of more than FOURTY American citizens - nothing happened. He stayed president. The fact Fitz and Mellie’s marriage had problems like any other DOESN’T make up for the fact he is a criminal, aggressor, assassin and terrible father/president.

Presidential Material: Scandal's Tony Goldwyn Takes Charge in the New Power Suit

This story appears in the September 28, 2014 issue of Forbes Life.

“Show business was either the best thing or the worst thing that happened to me as a young man,” says Tony Goldwyn. “It was very difficult for me to figure out my place in the Goldwyn constellation.” In Hollywood, his famous name may exert a certain soft power of its own. Like President Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant III, the compelling, morally challenged political scion he portrays on ABC’s Scandal, Goldwyn was born handsome, ambitious and with family in the business. Goldwyn’s grandfather Samuel, the “G” in MGM, was a cornerstone figure in Hollywood’s Golden Age, dad Samuel Jr. a prolific producer and older brother, John, a former president of Paramount Pictures. But Tony Goldwyn has proudly made his own path down the red carpet.

Now 54 and an actor-director-producer, Goldwyn was, he remembers well, turned down for the first role he ever auditioned for, in a high school production of Inherit the Wind featuring brother John as the Clarence Darrow character. In the end he nailed down a one-line speaking part as little Timmy. “I yelled, ‘Pa, the train’s comin’ down the track!’ Somehow, that was enough for me. I was hooked.” Into the family business he went.

But Goldwyn’s first major break didn’t come until years of striving later, when, at age 30, he was memorably–even indelibly–cast as Patrick Swayze’s double-crossing friend, Carl Bruner, in Ghost . It was a part that the actor, with his All-American, good-guy looks, had to think fast to talk his way into. “I couldn’t even get considered then for roles that had a darker edge. I had to argue with the director about how playing the character as sympathetic would make the audience feel even more betrayed.” It clicked, of course: Ghost chalked up the highest grosses of 1990, and Goldwyn became one of the industry’s go-to dubious characters. “I worked a lot,” he says, “and played some fun villains.”

He also poured energy into projects on the other side of the camera. Three years into a writing collaboration that became A Walk on the Moon, he realized he couldn’t bear to see anyone else direct the project. And so began his estimable career as a director– ” kind of organically.” His 2010 film, Conviction, the true story of an innocent man imprisoned for murder, was a leap of faith that took eight years to get before the cameras. Some of its gritty social realism can be glimpsed in The Divide, co-created with Richard LaGravenese, which premiered this summer on WE.

If there is a theme running through all of this, Goldwyn says, “ It’s that I always want to tell a story without judgment of the characters, where I simply try to express our humanity in the dark and the light.” This probably explains why, as Scandal kicks off its fourth season this month, he regards Fitz Grant as the role of a lifetime.

“It is a dream for an actor who is kind of a leading man type to get to play a character who’s as powerful and charismatic as Fitz–because he’s the President of the United States–and at the same time is not a one-dimensional figure. He’s scheming and manipulative and selfish and generous and deeply wounded and idealistic.” All that and he gets up close and personal on a regular basis with the show’s star, Kerry Washington, as political fixer Olivia Pope, who left the White House in the wake of an affair with Fitz that just … won’t … quite … go away.

Says Goldwyn, “If I could play another role with Fitz’s dimensions in my career I’d be a very happy camper.” Well, mostly happy, with a Goldwyn twist or two. …

Photographs by David Needleman

Style Director: Joseph DeAcetis