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Shonda Rhimes flames NY Times TV critic for 'Angry Black Woman' reference

The cast and creator of the television series 'Grey's Anatomy' (front L-R) creator Shonda Rimes, actress Kate Walsh, Justin Chambers and Patrick Dempsey, winners of the Future Classic Award for "Grey's Anatomy" are shown on stage during a taping of the TV Land awards show March 19, 2006 in Santa Monica, California. The awards show which honors classic television performers and their shows will be telecast on the TV Land cable channel March 22. REUTERS/Fred Prouser - RTR17F67

The cast and creator of the television series 'Grey's Anatomy' (front L-R) creator Shonda Rimes, actress Kate Walsh, Justin Chambers and Patrick Dempsey, winners of the Future Classic Award for "Grey's Anatomy" are shown on stage during a taping of the TV Land awards show March 19, 2006 in Santa Monica, California. The awards show which honors classic television performers and their shows will be telecast on the TV Land cable channel March 22. REUTERS/Fred Prouser - RTR17F67

New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley learned today that when you suggest that How To Get Away With Murder exec producer Shonda Rhimes call her autobiography How To Get Away With Being An Angry Black Woman because of Rhimes ability to embrace the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and [make] it enviable — Rhimes will not simper like a flattered schoolgirl. She will torch you on Twitter:

This tweet responds to one from Pete Nowalk — the white guy/former Grey’s Anatomy writer who created the new ABC series, which stars Viola Davis.

Warming to her theme, Rhimes continues:

and:

Ellen Pompeo, akaGrey’s Anatomy‘s Meredith, agreed, chiming in:

Responded Stanley, in a statement:

“The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters — is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype.”

 

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