Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Shonda For Shonda

Shonda Rhimes is a highly successful TV producer of shows (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal) I don't watch.  She was recently the subject of an article in The New York Times by TV critic Alessandra Stanley that started:

When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”

It goes without saying the piece was positive...or meant to be, anyway.  This being the Times, in fact, it was filled with boilerplate liberal groveling:

[Rhimes has] introduced a set of heroines who flout ingrained television conventions and preconceived notions about the depiction of diversity.

[....] Ms. Rhimes has embraced the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and made it enviable. She has almost single-handedly trampled a taboo even Michelle Obama couldn’t break.

Stanley even goes out of her way to attack a conservative to prove she's down with the Sisters.  But that phrase, "Angry Black Woman." Ugh!

Predictably, there's been a backlash.  Several articles have attacked the piece and the Times even published a letter calling for Stanley's dismissal.  In addition, many Hollywood figures have come to Rhimes' defense.  Recently, Times editor Margaret Sullivan responded:

There are some big questions here – about diversity, about editing procedures and about how The Times deals with stories about women and race. They are worth exploring in depth.

[....] The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was – at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.

I don't know if the issues this piece raises are worth exploring in depth.  I quite agree the phrase was tone deaf, but it was just a trick (the first line is a takeoff of Rhimes' new show How To Get Away With Murder) that failed.  Stanley was using it to catch your attention, to take a cliché and turn it inside out. But she couldn't expect to get that far--the phrase itself is out of place, and therefore playing on it doesn't make much of a point.  Mindlessly calling a person, or a group, angry when that's not their essence--even if the reason the article exists is to show there's so much more--is no way to make a point, and certainly no way to endear yourself to your readers.

5 Comments:

Blogger oakleyses said...

louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, coach purses, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet, nike shoes, kate spade outlet, michael kors outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, prada handbags, louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, longchamp handbags, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, true religion jeans, coach outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, air max, polo ralph lauren outlet, true religion jeans, longchamp handbags, gucci outlet, louboutin, jordan shoes, tiffany and co, burberry outlet, prada outlet, louis vuitton handbags, louboutin, tiffany and co, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, burberry outlet, christian louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet, kate spade handbags, coach factory outlet, louis vuitton outlet stores, coach outlet store online, chanel handbags, air max, nike free

7:38 PM, November 07, 2014  
Blogger oakleyses said...

sac louis vuitton, sac louis vuitton, mulberry, air max pas cher, michael kors pas cher, louis vuitton uk, michael kors, polo lacoste, sac hermes, nike tn, longchamp, converse pas cher, nike free, nike trainers, oakley pas cher, nike roshe run, hollister, ray ban pas cher, polo ralph lauren, nike roshe, air jordan, ray ban sunglasses, sac longchamp, timberland, true religion outlet, vanessa bruno, barbour, vans pas cher, north face, nike free pas cher, air force, lululemon, nike air max, air max, new balance pas cher, hollister, north face, sac burberry, hogan outlet, sac guess, abercrombie and fitch, louboutin, true religion outlet, michael kors, ralph lauren, air max, louis vuitton, nike blazer

7:40 PM, November 07, 2014  
Blogger oakleyses said...

wedding dresses, herve leger, lululemon outlet, canada goose jackets, nfl jerseys, canada goose, babyliss pro, mcm handbags, canada goose, canada goose uk, ugg australia, ghd, giuseppe zanotti, longchamp, uggs outlet, ferragamo shoes, nike huarache, canada goose outlet, north face outlet, soccer jerseys, celine handbags, hollister, ugg, bottega veneta, instyler, mont blanc, valentino shoes, jimmy choo outlet, insanity workout, canada goose, marc jacobs, ugg boots, ugg boots, new balance shoes, reebok outlet, abercrombie and fitch, beats by dre, chi flat iron, asics running shoes, nike roshe run, rolex watches, mac cosmetics, soccer shoes, north face jackets, vans shoes, ugg pas cher, p90x, birkin bag

7:43 PM, November 07, 2014  
Blogger oakleyses said...

moncler, vans, air max, iphone 6 cases, converse shoes, pandora charms, timberland boots, wedding dresses, lancel, moncler, supra shoes, moncler, ray ban, parajumpers, moncler, hollister, gucci, thomas sabo, oakley, rolex watches, swarovski crystal, converse, pandora charms, karen millen, montre homme, juicy couture outlet, moncler outlet, ralph lauren, links of london, hollister clothing store, louis vuitton, pandora jewelry, hollister, baseball bats, canada goose, louboutin, air max, juicy couture outlet, swarovski, canada goose, ugg, moncler, ugg, coach outlet store online, moncler, toms shoes

7:43 PM, November 07, 2014  
Blogger ABDUL QORIB said...

Kami adalah industri Toko Mebel yang menjual mebel berkualitas harga murah Mebel Jepara Minimalis yang tentunya dengan kualitas terbaik dan khas dari pengrajin mebel dengan ukiran mebel Almari pakaian minimalis Jati katalog produk mebel kami banyak dan lebih dari ratusan hingga ribuan produk yang bisa anda cek disini meja makan minimalis dengan harga yang relatif murah anda sudah bisa mendapatkan produk Kamar Set Jati Minimalis asli produk mebel jepara yang berkualitas dan di kerjakan oleh para tukang kayu asli jepara yang sudah berpengalaman di bidangny. Selain itu toko mebel kami juga menjual produk kursi tamu minimalis asli produk jati dari jepara, Di samping itu produk yang kami tawarkan memang benar-benar mempunyai kualitas tinggi, tersedia juga produk buffet minimalis yang merupakan salah satu produk utama yang harus ada dalam satu hunian rumah kami sediakan dengan berbagai macam model Meja Makan Minimalis produk minimalis yang tentunya sangat elegant Kursi untuk ruang Tamu Jati Minimalis sampai dengan model yang mewah yang tentunya. kemewahan dari produk yang kami tawarkan berbeda dengan yang lain contohnya meja rias minimalis produk modern berbahan baku jati yang tentunya sangat awet untuk anda peroleh untuk ditempatkan di rumah anda, semua itu anda bisa melihatnya di katalog produk tempat tidur minimalis asli karya toko jati Mebel Jepara Minimalis. Kami juga ada produk modern berbahan baku jati yang tentunya sangat awet untuk anda peroleh untuk ditempatkan di rumah anda, semua itu anda bisa melihatnya di katalog produk mebel minimalis dan untuk semua produk yang kami koleksi nantinya produk tersebut akan kami tawarkan sesuai dengan harga mebel jepara. Anda jangan khawatir karena produk yang kami jual itu mempunyai kualitas yang terjamin yang di buat oleh para pengrajin furniture jepara yang sudah berpengalaman di bidangnya. Tentunya kami tidak ingin mengecewakan para konsumen kami,maka dari itu kami memberikan produk furniture rumah minimalis dengan harga yang terjangkau. Semua furniture yang kami jual adalah produk dari kami dan jika anda ingin melihat koleksi furniture dari jepara anda bisa mengunjungi toko online jual furniture minimalis jepara yang berkualitas dan terpercaya.

7:44 AM, January 04, 2016  

Post a Comment

<< Home

web page hit counter