Just a month after labeling Mike Brown “no angel,” the New York Times (NYT) continues to offend the Black community.
Twitter exploded after Chief TV Critic for the New York Times Alessandra Stanley attempted to review the newest series added to the ABC lineup “How to Get Away With Murder” starring Viola Davis.
In her article “Wrought in Their Creator’s Image,” Stanley labeled Rhimes and her characters as the “angry Black woman.”
In the first paragraph of her piece Stanley writes:
When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”
On Thursday, Ms. Rhimes will introduce “How to Get Away With Murder,” yet another network series from her production company to showcase a powerful, intimidating black woman.
Well it took Black Twitter and “Scandal” fans no time to counterattack:
Wow. Did I just read a @nytimes piece that reduced my brilliant, creative, compassionate, thoughtful, badass boss to an “angry black woman?”
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) September 19, 2014
Even Shonda Rhimes slammed Stanley.
Wait. I’m” angry” AND a ROMANCE WRITER?!! I’m going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out. Because ish is getting real. — shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 19, 2014
While I am insulted, I am not surprised. It is evident the NYT would prefer to feed into the negative stereotypes of the Black community rather than making an educated assessment of a slew of talented writers and actresses who are diversifying primetime television.
Stanley had the nerve to defend her statements. In an email to Talking Points Memo (TPM), she stated she doesn’t think the opening sentence is insulting. While Stanley was birthed with the privilege of being allowed to express herself, Black women were not. It’s no surprise she wants us —as always with any critic or racist remark—to look past the negative and only see the positive.
“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,” she told TPM.
I do have one question NYT: Isn’t there a chain of commandment an article has to go through to be approved? Where is the Managing Editor Dean Baquet, a Black man?