Shonda Rhimes felt far from celebrated after reading New York Times’ critic Alessandra Stanley’s article titled “Wrought in Their Creator’s Image” that suggests Rhimes is and creates characters that are “angry black women.”

Shonda Rhimes Vs. 'New York Times' Critic

Among the problematic passages in Stanley’s piece is one in which she writes, “Ms. Rhimes has embraced the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and made it enviable.” Stanley’s opening line, similarly off-putting, reads, “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called, “How to Get Away with Being an Angry Black Woman.”

Rhimes, who created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and produces How to Get Away with Murder, took to Twitter to address Stanley's article, firing off a series of tweets that slammed it.

In addition to Rhimes, Scandal stars Kerry Washington and Joshua Malina also reacted on Twitter, expressing their disbelief that Stanley would pen such a piece.

In response to the backlash she’s received for the article, Stanley argued that though she referenced the “angry black woman” stereotype, her intention was to compliment Rhimes for upending and rebranding it.

“The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters,” Stanley wrote in a statement to Buzzfeed, “is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype.”

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