(USA Today) – In the latest update to the controversy surrounding The New York Times‘ “angry black woman” piece about ABC showrunner Shonda Rhimes, the author of that article is defending herself against a deafening chorus of criticism.
TV critic Alessandra Stanley, in a response to public editor Margaret Sullivan’s investigation of how the piece was edited, says her critique of Rhimes’ How to Get Away with Murder was meant to praise, not insult.
In the review, I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. If making that connection between the two offended people, I feel bad about that. But I think that a full reading allows for a different takeaway than the loudest critics took.