As part of it’s Shondapalooza this week, Entertainment Weekly talked to Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis about the god-awful piece that ran in the New York Times last year that began “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”
Oh that’s not racist at all. #sarcasm
As Shonda Tells it, the one good thing that came out of that mess was the backlash against it.
“Very quickly, maybe because of Twitter, there were some really beautiful articles written in response that made me feel like, ‘Oh my god, there are some thinking people out there!’”
As you might recall the Times article didn’t stop at throwing racist stereotypes at Shonda in a a pathetic attempt to praise her. the piece also dragged Viola as “less classically beautiful”. As you can imagine, Viola doesn’t sit still for that:
“There were lot of things that people did not allow me to be until I got [the role of] Annalise Keating,” she explained. “I was not able to be sexualized. Ever. In my entire career. And here’s the thing that’s even more potent: I’ve never seen anyone who even looks like me be sexualized on television or in film. Ever. When people say they’re tired of hearing that, I always say, ‘Okay, well, you give me an example and then I’ll stop talking about it. But I’m gonna talk about it until you hear it.’”
If you want to be depressed, here’s a link to the Times piece. Try to keep in mind while reading it that the author actually thought she was complimenting Shonda. I wonder what she does to people she doesn’t like? shudder