It's not handled: PR pros would actually ignore Olivia Pope's advice

Look, some shows are just a guilty pleasure.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Here’s the latest shocker, Scandal fans, (or maybe not at all). The ABC drama’s protagonist, Olivia Pope, is not a good role model for a crisis comms expert, say PR pros on Twitter.

The show, which came to an end last night after seven seasons, is the fictional story of Pope, a former White House communications director who, after an affair with the president, resigns to start her own crisis-management firm, Pope & Associates.

Pope’s character was very, very, very loosely inspired by real-life crisis comms expert Judy Smith, a former press aide to President George H.W. Bush.

Does the show accurately represent what it’s like to work in crisis communications. Well, no. But everyone needs a TV guilty pleasure.

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