Shonda Rhimes Runs Hollywood Without a Care

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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Shonda Rhimes since she completely dominates ABC on their TGIT Thursday nights with three of televisions most loved televisions shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and her new show How To Get Away With Murder. Now, the producer has opened up about the method to her genius and more.

Rhimes on how she feels about the label of being a “powerful Black woman in Hollywood”:

They wouldn’t say that someone is ‘the most powerful white male showrunner in Hollywood… I find race and gender to be terribly important; they’re terribly important to who I am. But there’s something about the need for everybody else to spend time talking about it … that pisses me off.”

On her response to the tasteless NY Times article written about her and How To Get Away With Murder:

“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 her choice to stay with ABC:

“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 position that whenever we pitch something, ABC buys it, which is great, but I also wanted the ability to say, ‘This is not for you.'”

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