Shonda Rhimes Slams 'New York Times' Article for Calling Her an 'Angry Black Woman'

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Shonda Rhimes is not too happy with the New York Times.

Intended to be about the new series How To Get Away with Murder -- which Rhimes is an executive producer on -- New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley's opening sentence reads, "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called 'How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.'"

Rhimes is in fact not the creator of the show -- the creator of the new ABC show is Peter Nowalk, a white male -- which she pointed out in a series of heated Tweets.

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She also took issue with the fact that the article only focused on her black characters, such as Scandal's Olivia Pope and Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Miranda Bailey, when using the controversial characterization.

And she didn’t take it too kindly when Stanley called her a "romance writer who understands the need for more spice than sugar."

A few cast members on Rhimes' hit shows also took to Twitter to defend her, including Scandal's Joshua Malina and Bellamy Young.

Though Stanley told ET in statement that the article was actually meant to praise Rhimes despite the harsh opening.

"The whole point of the piece -- once you read past the first 140 characters -- is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype," Stanley said.

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