Shonda Rhimes Responds to Speculation That Last Week’s Episode of ‘Scandal’ Was a Shot at Bill Cosby


“Scandal” season 5 episode 7 titled “Even the Devil Deserves a Second Chance” tackled a rape case involving a high profile person.

One woman came out and sought help of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to take down a well-loved professor and supposed Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Frank Holland. She said this former mentor of hers raped her back in college with the help of a drug.

Later in the episode, more and more women claimed they, too, were victimized by Holland.

The premise sounds familiar right? As the episode airs, viewers took to the internet to express how the latest episode looks like a re-enactment of Bill Cosby’s rape case.

The veteran comedian has been hit by multiple rape accusations by a number of women he worked with. The parallels cannot be denied. Girls getting drugged, a man with a legacy, a national level award, and so on.

Shonda Rhimes, the show’s creator, was asked about the latest case in “Scandal” season 5 episode 7 and although Bill Cosby’s and Frank Holland’s case almost look the same, the acclaimed TV writer and producer denies it was meant to lambast the 78-year old controversial actor.

“I don’t need the Cosby scandal to inspire me to tell a story about rape,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

“As if that is the only instance in which rape is relevant. Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every two minutes. Every two minutes. Let’s not diminish or insult the stories of these survivors by suggesting that I could only decide to tell a story about rape because of a celebrity scandal.”

Bill Cosby has been accused by 57 (FIFTY SEVEN!!) women which includes celebrities, most of them claiming they were drugged.

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SOURCE: Franchise Herald – Rolly Gacelo

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