Shonda Rhimes to New York Times: Casual Racial Bias and Odd Misogyny

By Sarah Tejares | 2 years ago
Shonda Rhimes to New York Times: Casual Racial Bias and Odd Misogyny

Just recently, Shonda Rhimes’ words against New York Times have caused quite a buzz in online. According to Vanity Fair the screenwriter, director and producer called New York Times as  “casual racial bias and odd misogyny.” But what could be the reason?

According to New York Times, even if the article about Rhimes has not yet appeared on Sunday’s paper, it had went viral and had caused ablaze in protest over it last Friday after it was published online.


The said article was written by Alessandra Stanley. You can read it here. As you can see on the official page of Stanley’s article, the first paragraph contains “angry black woman,” and some readers found this offensive. Another statement of Stanley went “less classically beautiful” than lighter-skinned African American actresses immediately inspired a mocking hashtag. The publication said that Stanley is refering to a show starring Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Based on the report from US Weekly, New York Times’ public editor, Margaret Sullivan, has finally apologized about the issue on Sept. 22, 2014. You can read it here.

 Meanwhile, on the same article of Sullivan, the editor also mentioned that she asked  Stanley for further comment. Stanley said her intentions were misunderstood. During their conversation, Stanley seemed to blame Twitter culture for that, with a reference to 140 characters. The New York Times editor also asked Stanley to describe her interactions with Times editors before the article was published. Sullivan also asked the culture editor, Danielle Mattoon, to discuss the article and the editing process. and Dean Baquet, executive editor, for a comment.

Mattoon told Sullivan that arts and culture editors are well aware of the response.

“There was never any intent to offend anyone and I deeply regret that it did. Alessandra used a rhetorical device to begin her essay, and because the piece was so largely positive, we as editors weren’t sensitive enough to the language being used,” explained Mattoon as published on E! News.

And lastly, Stanley sent Sullivan a detailed response with links which are said very similar to her article about Rhimes. Overall, Stanley defended herself for not intending to offend Shonda Rhimes. She shared the links which she said the articles are similar on her article about Rhimes.

And that’s the latest scoop on Shonda Rhimes. Keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on celebrities, TV shows and movies.

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