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The New York Times Agrees: Shonda Rhimes Not An ‘Angry Black Woman’

shonda_rhimes2-620x412Here’s a topical reminder that words matter on the editorial side, too. Twitter blew up — as it tends to do — this weekend thanks to a New York Times profile of Scandal /Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. Why? Here’s the lede by Alessandra Stanley:

“When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.’”

Get that? She’s black, she’s angry, and yet she somehow manages to get away with it.

It’s not that Stanley wanted to insult anyone. In the next paragraph, she writes: ”Ms. Rhimes, who wrought Olivia Pope on ‘Scandal’ and Dr. Miranda Bailey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ has done more to reset the image of African-American women on television than anyone since Oprah Winfrey.”

That point is settled. But Rhimes took issue with Stanley’s piece, and today NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan agreed.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Creator Developing TV Show About Crisis PR

The passion! The drama! Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy creator, is tackling crisis PR in a new show she’s developing New York magazine’s Vulture blog has learned. The show will be based on consultant Judy Smith, who has worked with Bill Clinton, Michael Vick, and others bitten by scandal.

The show, rumored to be called In Crisis, will be a drama with soap-y undertones. In case you stopped following Meredith and the crew a few seasons back, here’s a taste to get of sense of what crisis comms will look like in Rhimes’ hands.