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Shonda Rhimes Takes to Twitter to Fire Back at New York Times Critic Who Called Her ‘an Angry Black Woman’

Sep 19, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Shonda Rhimes has taken “umbrage with a New York Times article written about her by TV critic Alessandra Stanley,” reports the New York Daily News.

According to the News, “The piece, which was published Thursday [Sept. 18, 2014], begins with an eyebrow-raising lede: ‘When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.” ‘ ”

Stanley’s Times piece also identified Rhimes as the creator of the new ABC show “How to Get Away With Murder.” In fact the show was created by Peter Norwalk, a white man. Rhimes serves as one of the executive producers on the new series.

Rhimes responded to Stanley’s piece in a series of tweets:

“Confused why @nytimes critic doesn’t know identity of CREATOR of show she’s reviewing.”

The next tweet said, “Apparently we can be “angry black women” together, because I didn’t know I was one either! @petenowa #LearnSomethingNewEveryday.”

Rhimes then tweeted, “Final thing: (then I am gonna do some yoga): how come I am not “an angry black woman” the many times Meredith (or Addison!) rants? @nytimes… Wait. I’m “angry” AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I’m going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real.”

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2 Comments

  1. If Shonda Rhimes and the definition of an ABW is….Successful, rich, story-teller, artist, businesswoman, dominatinatrix of an international television medium for decade, plus a working mom..please tell me how to become that! – I wanna’ be an ABW!!

  2. Nicely said.

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