Shonda Rhimes Claps Back At ‘Scandal’ Critics: We’re Not ‘Making Adultery Acceptable’

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While some “Scandal” fans can’t get enough of Olivia Pope and President Grant’s on-again, off-again relationship, some critics of the hit ABC series believe that their love affair glorifies adultery.

After David Zabel, an executive producer for the network’s new drama “Betrayal,” said that audiences have overcome the stigma associated with extramarital affairs because of “Scandal,” show creator Shonda Rhimes stepped up and said that is simple not true.

“I don’t feel like we’re making adultery acceptable. We weren’t setting out to make adultery okay,” she said of the “Betrayal” comparison in a TV Line article. “To me it’s not about adultery or not adultery. We’re telling the story of these two characters who very specifically have this kind of relationship.”

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She went onto say that the political drama tells all sides.

“So while there are times when you’re like, ‘Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Liv are wonderful and I want them to be together,’ there are also times you think, ‘Fitz is scum and he shouldn’t be cheating on his wife.’ And there are times you think, ‘Olivia should go off and find herself somebody who’s single,'” she explained.

“I like the fact that everybody feels this big debate. That’s fantastic, because that’s the point,” she added. “We’re not giving a judgement on it one way or the other.”

As for the the show’s upcoming third season, Rhimes said “It’s not over.”

“When we come into the season, Mellie does have things managed on the marital front. But I think Fitz and Liv have an inexplicable attraction to one another,” she dished. “People may be surprised to discover what certain motives are in the situations they’ve been working in.”

The new season of “Scandal” premieres on October 3rd.

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