Shonda Rhimes Says She Isn’t ‘Diversifying’ Television, She’s ‘Normalizing’ It — There’s A Difference

In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo, Shonda Rhimes arrives at the The Hollywood Reporter's Women In Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles. Rhimes is arguably the most powerful producer in television these days. ABC has turned over to her its entire Thursday night lineup, where she delivers weekly episodes of “Grey's Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo, Shonda Rhimes arrives at the The Hollywood Reporter’s Women In Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)


(The Huffington Post) – Shonda Rhimes proved long ago that she is a force to reckon with.

The growing influence she has had in television has not gone unrecognized and has resulted in a major boost for ABC’s Thursday night network ratings. However, more importantly, Rhimes — who is the mastermind behind shows like “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away With Murder” — has increased onscreen representation of diverse roles that were once overlooked and in doing so, has raised further awareness on issues related to LGBT, women and people of color.

Because of her stellar contributions to the medium, Rhimes was honored with the Ally for Equality award at this year’s annual Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday.

After accepting the award, she delivered a searing speech and discussed why she decided to tell such a wide range of stories and how the direction she has taken with her shows is one that goes far beyond just diversifying television.


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