Kerry Washington News: Actress & Shonda Rhimes Get Emotional Watching 'Scandal' Ferguson Inspired Episode 'Lawn Chair' [VIDEO]
Last Thursday night Kerry Washington and the rest of the world watched as the ABC hit show Scandal tackled a powerful new episode that centered on black lives in America.
The new episode, Lawn Chair, was inspired by the Michael Brown Ferguson, Mo. shooting and has been one of the most talked about episodes.
During the episode, a man named Clarence Parker (Courtney B. Vance) failed to cooperate with police after his unarmed black teen, Brandon, was shot dead by white police officer Jeffrey Newton.
His story was very similar to that of Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black teen that was shot to death by a white officer named Darren Wilson.
Washington and many of the other actors and crew members took to Twitter to live tweet on Thursday night, and they all revealed what it was like to be apart of this episode.
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) March 6, 2015
Show creator Shonda Rhimes even said that she will never forget that table read after sharing the script with the cast, and she also admitted that the last image in the episode made her very emotional.
The last image does me in. Because he's just somebody's baby. That's all. He's someone's child. #BlackLivesMatter #Scandal — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 6, 2015
Judy Smith, the inspiration behind Olivia Pope's character tweeted, "The conversations in tonight's episode aren't easy but they must happen. To move forward, we must talk about each other."
— Judy Smith (@JudySmith_) March 6, 2015
I am so proud to be a part of #ScandaI #ICantBreathe #BlackLivesMatter — guillermo diaz (@guillermodiazyo) March 6, 2015
Crying too hard to tweet
— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) March 6, 2015
Viewers can see the actress starring in her hit show every week. Scandal airs on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on ABC. Below is a sneak peek to next week's new episode.