Shonda Rhimes had some choice words for a Twitter user who criticized the use of gay characters in her shows. The Grey’s Anatomy producer has gone on to produce two of today’s hottest shows, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, and it’s these shows that prompted an unpleasant tweet from user @Dabdelhakiem which got Rhimes “all riled up.”
“@ShondaRhimes the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot.” Said Dabdelhakiem on Twitter. Both of the shows include male gay characters and have featured scenes in which those characters have sex. Rhimes responded to her critic in several successive tweets disregarding the complaints. Compiled together, this was her response:
“There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them. If you are suddenly discovering that Shondaland shows have scenes involving people who are gay, you are LATE TO THE PARTY. If u use the phrase “gay scenes”, u are not only LATE to the part but also NOT INVITED to the party. By Felicia. #oneLOVE.”
Rhimes refuses to even validate the complaint by defending her use of gay characters, and instead asserts simply that there is nothing to complain about – her shows are simply about people. What an awesome way to handle discriminatory comments.
According to How to Get Away With Murder‘s creator Peter Norwalk, the scenes with gay characters are included very deliberately. “To me, writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV,” says Norwalk. “Because I didn’t see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people. I just feel like it’s lack of vision that you don’t see it on TV.”
Rhimes was so upset by the rude tweet that she had to take a hiatus from Twitter to stop distracting herself with responses to the conversation surrounding the controversial tweets. She announced her break in another series of tweets, “Ok, tweeps. Someone got me all riled up and fighting 4 my friends and their love and the equality of all- I am supposed to be WRITING. So, I know you lovelies are asking me questions but I have to go. And finish making script notes. So you have more #GreysAnatomy to watch. I love all you Tweeples. Even the ones who still need to grow. And remember that at some point, someone discriminated against you too. I don’t know why this kind of hate is out there. Ugh. #onelove. At least in Shondaland. Have a great rest of your weekend!”