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Cookie vs. Olivia Pope: Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington’s TV Characters Go Head-to-Head in the #SavageChallenge

Texas native Meg Thee Stallion has everyone participating in the #SavageChallenge on Instagram and TikTok.

Big names in entertainment, including Keke Palmer, Normani, and Kandi Burruss, have all participated in the viral dance challenge, and now it looks like both Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson want a piece of the action. Instead of dancing, earlier this month both Washington and Henson uploaded compilation videos of their beloved TV characters for the challenge. It was a showdown between Olivia Pope and Cookie Lyon, and fans were floored.

Kerry Washington (left) and Taraji P. Henson (right) both participated in the #SavageChallenge. (Photos: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions, John Lamparski/WireImage)

Henson reposted a video of clips from her famous “Empire” character Lyon with Meg’s “Savage” track from her “Suga” album playing in the background.

“Aaaaayyyyyyeeeee #Cookie #savage AF I see no lies!!! THIS IS DOPE AF🔥🔥🔥🔥 🙏🏾💋💋💋 THANK YOU @_icomplexity #Repost @_icomplexity#savagechallenge,” Henson captioned the video.

Washington bodied the challenge by posting a collage of clips of her from several interviews, boomerangs, gifs, and famous roles.

“I don’t have TikTok but I want to play!!! #savagechallenge,” Washington captioned her post.

Washington uploaded her #SavageChallenge before Henson, so who won, Pope or Lyon?

“This is how you do it!!” actress Gabrielle Union-Wade wrote in Henson’s comments.

“Watching Little Fires . Loving it!!!❤️,” Tina Lawson, Beyoncé’s mother, wrote on Washington’s page.

“FABULOUS!! 🤑🤑🤗🤗🙆🏾‍♀️” actress Vivica Fox wrote to Henson.

“This is the one 😂😂 yes Queen,” a fan commented to Washington.

“🔥🔥🔥Cookie is the baddest and best-dressed woman on TV!”


“Hands down bodied this whole challenge!!!!!! They need to go ahead and change it to the Cookie challenge cuz this ALL her!!❤️❤️😍😍😍.”

Meg chimed in on both Henson and Washington’s challenges.

“I love youuuu😭,” Meg commented to Henson.

“WHEN WE GON MEET!!! I am tired of this long-distance love affair BIH!!!! Stop playing with my feelings. YOU #SAVAGE AZZ QUEEN!!! So proud of you!!! 🙌🏾🙏🏾💋💋💋,” Henson replied to the MC.

“Yesssss😍😍😍😍,” Meg said in Washington’s comment section.

It looks as if Henson may be taking the No. 1 spot, considering the amount of fan praise on her post. Nonetheless, Meg applauded Washington for her video

Fans also took to the “Scandal” actress’s comment section to sing her praises.

“This is the one 😂😂 yes Queen.”

“You ARE the TikTok! 😍😩🙌🏼.”


“Yasss come thru Olivia Pope👏🏾👏🏾.”

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