Is this just anti-Olake, anti-Jake, or anti-Scott Foley?
Absolutely not! We created this petition to purposefully lack addressing one particular character and/or ship. This is NOT about shipping preferences, and we recognize that everyone will have different viewpoints. We find many aspects of the show (particularly season 3) to be problematic in terms of normalizing and dismissing violence against women. Some of these parts don’t even include Olivia. Also, we recognize that the actors involved are not carrying out the acts themselves; this does not have much to do with them.
What parts of the show are you addressing?
As we said, there are many problematic pieces that have been shown recently. We are unsure whether it was simply writer’s oversight or a lack of attention to the issue, but any portrayal of abuse against the female characters in this show that goes unaddressed is the focus of this petition. Yes, it was particularly apparent following the last few episodes of season 3 during Jake and Olivia’s scenes together, but that is not the sole focus.
Why is this so important?
While Shonda has certainly correctly stated that Scandal as a show is NOT meant for minors, it is also terribly important to note that minors are not the only populations susceptible to influence via media consumption. When violence (of any kind) is portrayed on television as a positive thing, or even portrayed as casual, it influences viewers to believe that this is a positive or casual thing. Olivia’s acceptance of her physical abuse has been incredibly normalized on the last installments of Scandal, and it has seemed to promote the idea that women should not care. In effect, a character that once stood as a powerful female figure is now silenced in the face of domestic violence, and this is NOT okay. We have also understood from much feedback that women who have experienced this violence have found themselves watching the show, and the romanticized depiction creates setbacks for them.
So, what do you want to happen?
We do not have a set solution to this problem. We are not television or entertainment professionals, and we do not claim to know the inner workings of what may be possible on TV. We have received many suggestions and particularly appreciated the suggestion of a Scandal-promoted PSA regarding domestic violence. Seeing the cast and writers promoting the message that domestic violence is never okay would be a wonderful recourse and would not infringe upon the plot of the show. However, we also would ideally like to bring greater attention to the fact that the violence against women is casually swept beneath the rug, particularly while the writers are reconvening now to write season 4.
How do I sign the petition?
Easy! The link is here. You simply navigate to the small bar on the right, add in your information, and press submit. You can also opt not to have your signature displayed, and we will not view any of your information, but you will still count in the total number of supporters! Easy process! You may receive periodic updates about the petition’s progress, but you will be able to opt out of those.
How can I connect with others that share my view?
This blog was started as a way to connect and promote this idea for change. You can submit messages to us at the bar on the left and we will do our best to tag you back as well as connect you with others! However, a much easier way of connecting with this movement is using and/or searching the hashtag #GladiatorsAgainstViolence on any of your social media. At the moment, we are using this tag most prevalently on Tumblr and Twitter, but we intend to promote it elsewhere. Also, feel free to tag your thoughts and comments with the hashtag as well! We want to read them! Twitter is an important part of the Scandal fandom, and we want to be sure that this reaches the platform that gave this show its support!
Who is behind this blog, tag, and petition?
While we do have our personal tumblr accounts, we prefer not to overtly link them here. If you would like to discuss any of the topics involved, feel free to message on the sidebar and we will be happy to address them. If you are already following our personal blogs and/or twitter accounts, we thank you for the support and ask that you not post that information without asking us first.