See Shonda Rhimes' Brilliant Response to Being Called An 'Angry Black Woman' By A TV Critic

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Yes, a New York Times critic recently called the showrunner an "angry Black woman," But, before you get too upset, know it's been "handled" by noneother than Rhimes herself.

Shonda Rhimes is gearing up to make history (again) with the back-to-back premieres of three television dramas on ABC this Thursday.

Leading up to the momentous occasion, fondly referred to by fans as the return of #ShondaThursdays, New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley penned a review of Rhimes' latest series, starring Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder. Unfortunately for Stanley, Rhimes wasn’t too fond of her take on her growing empire.

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Stanley’s first sentence of the review reads: “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.’”

The next sentence wasn’t much better: “On Thursday, Ms. Rhimes will introduce How to Get Away With Murder, yet another network series from her production company to showcase a powerful, intimidating Black woman.”

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It’s easy to imagine why Rhimes may have taken issue with the piece — for starters the How To Get Away creator is a white man — but in true Shonda fashion, she went ahead and made her thoughts clear to us on Twitter.

Confused why @nytimes critic doesn't know identity of CREATOR of show she's reviewing. @petenowa did u know u were "an angry black woman"?

Apparently we can be "angry black women" together, because I didn't know I was one either! @petenowa #LearnSomethingNewEveryday

Final thing: (then I am gonna do some yoga): how come I am not "an angry black woman" the many times Meredith (or Addison!) rants? @nytimes

Wait. I'm" angry" AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I'm going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real.

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