Shonda Rhimes

The creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal has told off a homophobic viewer who complained about her show’s “gay scenes.”

Shonda Rhimes, who recently launched her new series, the legal drama How to Get Away With Murder, is major television hit-maker who won’t tolerate bigots.

On Sunday, a viewer, Dina Abdel Hakiem (@Dabdelhakiem), complained to Rhimes on Twitter: “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.”

Rhimes, 44, quickly responded with a series of tweets: “There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.”

She went on to state: “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 party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia. #oneLOVE.”

Rhimes later added: “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!”


A scene from How to Get Away With Murder

Rhimes has regularly included gay and lesbian characters in her hit shows. In 2012, she was honoured with GLAAD’s Golden Gate Award, “awarded to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.”

She said in her acceptance speech: “I think that love is universal. And I think in telling LGBT stories, I’m telling everyone’s story. Love is, in fact, universal, right?”

In 2006, Rhimes fired Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington for calling then-closeted co-star T.R. Knight a ‘faggot’ in an on-set altercation with Patrick Dempsey, another of the show’s stars.

In 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 people who help shape the world.

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