Shonda Rhimes Calls the 'NYT' Article a Good Reminder of 'Casual Racial Bias & Odd Misogyny'
Here’s what the 44-year-old screenwriter/director/producer – who happens to run three hit shows in Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder – had to share with the mag:
On the New York Times article: “Some really amazing articles were written that had the conversation that I’ve been trying to have for a very long time, which, coming from me, makes me sound like I’m just, ‘Rrrraw!’…In this world in which we all feel we’re so full of gender equality and we’re a postracial [society] and Obama is president, it’s a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal.”
On Scandal: “There are no [Katherine] Heigls in this situation. I don’t put up with bullshit or nasty people. I don’t have time for it.”
On reaching out to other networks: “It wasn’t really about money, though don’t get me wrong, it’s very important in a world in which women are paid 77 cents on the dollar to be paid in a way that felt correct. I wanted more control. I wanted the autonomy. And I wanted to feel like if I was making shows, I could sell them anywhere. I’m in a lovely posi- tion that whenever we pitch something, ABC buys it, which is great, but I also wanted the abil- ity to say, ‘This is not for you.’”
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