OMG. Worst. News. Ever. Like, seriously. I am going to write this story, publish it, and then completely erase it from my memory immediately thereafter. Gladiators, this is a difficult day for us. We all love ABC’s Scandal, and we all love Olivia Pope, but it’s easy to forget that the character of Olivia Pope is actually based on a real woman– Judy Smith. The crisis manager responsible for handling the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky situation (among other DC scandals) is lit’rally the inspiration behind Kerry Washington’s amazing performance of Olivia. She is real, she is amazing, and… she is representing Paula Deen. Let’s all say it together now: NOOOOOOOOOoooooo!!!!!! LMAO, OMG. I can’t even. Just click inside for more.
The HuffPost has the unfortunate deets:
As the Paula Deen saga closes out its third week and the jury continues to deliberate on whether the celebrity chef’s formerly charming-as-cherry-pie persona will ever reemerge (or whether she’ll ever find forgiveness from the millions she offended with her admitted use of racial epithets), one thing has been on the mind of Deen’s one-time fans: “What would Olivia Pope do?”
In fact, it’s a question we’ve been pondering ourselves since Deen’s bread and butter (pun intended) hit the fan earlier this month and early Wednesday with the suspension of her endorsement deal with diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk.
Following two video apologies, of which many questioned the sincerity, the termination of her contract with the Food Network and a handful of other sponsors, and an appearance on the ‘Today’ show Wednesday, which some deemed as more defensive than contrite, Deen has called in crisis manager Judy Smith to help her get her empire back in order.
Smith, the muse behind ABC’s ‘Scandal,’ has worked behind the scenes helping calm the international hysteria over the SARS pandemic; advising Kobe Bryant and Michael Vick during their run-ins with the law; and shaping the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s reputation following the 9/11 attacks.
In an interview with Washingtonian magazine last year, Smith described her biggest takeaway about human nature from her encounters with people at some of their lowest points in life: “I like to believe in the good in people. But we’re all going to screw up from time to time,” she said.
OMG. This is just like Scandal, lol! How many times did we watch Olivia Pope take off her white hat and represent the bad guys? It made for such good television! But, alas, the real-life version of this story kinda sucks. I simply do not want Paula Deen to have her crisis managed and I def don’t want her to have the help of real-life Olivia! Boooo!
So yeah. No. I’m gonna go ahead and forget this story ever happened. Nobody talk to me.