Shonda Rhimes Blasts 'Ignorant' Article for Questioning 'Ethnic Castings'
This isn't the first time that Rhimes has taken a news outlet to task
Shonda Rhimes has once again taken the media to task.
After an opinion piece claimed that “the pendulum might have swung a bit too far” with regard to more diverse casting on television, the executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder spoke out against the claims on Twitter.
“1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse!” she Tweeted. “2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered.”
In an article Tuesday titled “TV Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of a Good Thing?” Deadline noted an uptick in racially diverse television and even quoted an agent who said that they feel they can now “pitch any actor for any role, and I think that’s good.”
Then came the “but.” According to the outlet, “Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors.”
Given that the opposite has been the case for so long, Rhimes’s reaction is unsurprising.
Rhimes’s Tweet has been her only direct comment on the article, though she re-Tweeted a number of like-minded responses.
Deadline’s response, via Twitter, has been a series of re-Tweets – some making light of the scandal, others acknowledging the other side of the argument.
This isn’t the first time that Rhimes has taken issue with coverage of her shows; in September, a New York Times article incorrectly noted her as the showrunner of HTGAWM and referred to her as an "angry black woman", which went on to spark a lengthy debate about racial sensitivity.
That said, this isn’t even the first time that Deadline has earned Rhimes’s ire. Last May, the site reported that Columbus Short‘s character on Scandal had been recast and that actor Eric West would portray Harrison Wright after Short’s various personal and legal troubles got him booted from the show.
“I’ve never heard of Eric West,” Rhimes Tweeted at the time. “Harrison is not being recast EVER. How about reporters CHECK THEIR SOURCES before running with a story,” she wrote, following up with a Tweet directly at the site: “Um, @Deadline? Handle yourself.”
PEOPLE has reached out to Shonda Rhimes’s rep and to Penske Media, Deadline’s parent company, for comment.