Here's a great way to push Shonda Rhimes' buttons: Call her an "angry black woman" in the paper of record.
Rhimes, whose new series "How To Get Away With Murder" premieres next week alongside the returns of the successful "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," is examined in a pensive sort of preview essay in the New York Times today (September 18), and the article's lead struck Rhimes' ire.
"When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called 'How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman,'" the article, written by Alessandra Stanley, begins. The article notes Rhimes' propensity to use her shows to "showcase a powerful, intimidating black woman" in lead roles.
Rhimes took to Twitter to express her displeasure with the article's characterization of her, and also pointing to Pete Nowalk as the show's creator.
She then pointed to the double standard of the characterization:
Then, well, there was nothing to do but dance it out:
Later, Rhimes urged her followers to check out the hashtag "#lessclassicallybeautiful," another reference to a remark in the article. (It was said concerning Viola Davis.)
"How To Get Away With Murder," along with "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," begins September 25 on ABC.