Black, Famous, Getting into Trouble (Double Standards)
This is a second time a black man hasn't made it past Season 3 on a Shonda Rhimes show.
Now, before I continue, I want to unequivocally state a couple of things: I don't condone domestic violence. I don't condone calling one's coworkers slurs. While we're at it, I don't condone adults sleeping with minors, either.
At the same time, I'm getting the impression that black men are under extreme pressure in Hollywood to be "perfect" on and off-screen, while...say, Kelsey Grammer can spend a good chunk of Frasier in a drunken stupor or Robert Downey, Jr. can live in and out of jail for years...but they can both go on to be multimillion-dollar successes. And that's just two white celebrities which come to mind immediately; we could spend all day listing famous white folks who drink, do drugs, smack spouses, screw children, and crash cars...yet their careers seem to somehow go on quite successfully, and their money remains intact.
And you know why? Studios are willing to bend over backwards, pull strings, and overall find ways to keep white actors on screen. I mean, friggin' Jonathan Rhys Meyers has had his fair share of outbursts and addiction problems (slurs included). But since NBC was hell-bent on having him play
Meanwhile, all a Negro has to do is transgress once or twice...and that's all she wrote, folks!
So I'll be honest; I don't feel all that optimistic about Columbus Short's career post-Scandal. I mean, Isaiah Washington - 'til today - is a chiseled, sexy, polished, God-like specimen of a man, yet look at his career post-Grey's Anatomy. And dude's already 50, y'all.
Granted, Columbus's youth works in his favor, but still...I don't picture folks lining up to hire this guy. Shows and movies tend to gravitate towards a two-Negro maximum (which is why I'm not surprised Scandal was so hasty to write out Harrison after Joe Morton arrived on the scene), and shows have not been all that Negro-friendly since the 1990s.
Now, I'm not condoning what these people do off-camera; that's not at all what I'm saying. What I'm saying is, if you're willing to end careers over bad behavior (which I can understand), end everyone's...not just "certain" ones.