The New York Times is trying to apologise about that Shonda Rhimes article. Click here for more information about how they’re explaining themselves. They claim it was never their intention to offend. But is that enough? Can ignorance be excused by the absence of intent?
And, furthermore, there’s been no clarification about how poorly researched Alessandra Stanley’s piece was to begin with. Shonda Rhimes is a producer on How To Get Away With Murder but she didn’t create it. But if we’re talking about what she does or doesn’t create, in her own likeness, how reductive is it to posit that she’s “reclaimed” the “Angry Black Woman” by giving her a voice? Stanley’s misguided praise of Rhimes presupposes that she only writes for people of her own culture – at the expense of the other wonderful characters she’s created that don’t actually meet Stanley’s argument.
Like the greatest Grey’s Anatomy character of all-time: Cristina Yang, as played by Sandra Oh. Who, obviously, is not an Angry Black Woman.
But the New York Times, they weren’t wrong until people had to tell them they were wrong. Not unlike…
The NFL. Because if their asses hadn’t been exposed, if they weren’t caught in what could be a conspiracy and cover-up, they wouldn’t be making efforts to sort out their sh-t. So it’s not like they’re changing because they know it’s right, they’re just changing to save their asses.
Yours in gossip,
Chris Pratt was photographed at LAX yesterday on his way to New York. He’s hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend, an understandable choice. Pratt has had an amazing summer – Guardians Of The Galaxy has turned him into a major star, and he’s worn it well. Full Story
Lynne! It’s a milestone birthday for you today – Happy Birthday with love from Leslie! Have the greatest time in London and Paris. Here are Clive Owen and Colin Firth celebrating you. Happy Birthday Cheryl! I’m sorry I missed you last night at the Caitlin Moran event. Duana and I were there and we still can’t stop analysing. Full Story
Shonda Rhimes is underrated. People fall on their knees for the Matt Weiners and the Vince Gilligans but Shonda Rhimes? Duana posted about Shonda not too long ago in a piece called How To Get Away With An Empire – click here for a refresher. I posted about her amazing Dartmouth commencement speech in the summer – click here for a refresher.
But for all This Woman has done, she still doesn’t get the kind of love reserved for the heavy hitters, the men behind shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad. So the New York Times tried to give her some. Read Full Intro
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Coldplay performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Vegas this weekend. Jennifer Lawrence was seen backstage. In the first photo I’ve attached, Chris Martin is in the background, so this represents the first picture of the two of them together, in the same frame. New shots have just come out of the two of them getting off a private jet together in Van Nuys. Full Story
“F-ck it. I quit.” For pot! (Dlisted)
Pacey Witter did not show up for the Mighty Ducks reunion (TooFab)
Everyone is quitting Ariana Grande’s good side of the face (The Superficial)
Taylor Swift baked for her fans (Just Jared)
The worst light ever (Hollywood Tuna)
Prince William went to Malta and… did you care about this? (Pop Sugar)
Julianne Moore on noisy gym sessions and juice cleanses (Cele|bitchy)
Look at this animal’s face. Do you have the same expression? (Socialite Life)
Why is everyone so sure it’s a girl? (Celeb Dirty Laundry)
Sarah Silverman does not want to get married (I'm Not Obsessed)
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Lord knows I am usually long-winded. But I am so anxious to have you read the article I just read that brevity is essential. On Friday morning, the NYT article about Shonda Rhimes was published. There was immediate outcry and, most tellingly, there were three or four tweets from Rhimes herself which maybe indicated that this was not the way she had anticipated spending her Friday morning. Full Story
Brange is in Malta shooting By The Sea. They took four of the kids bowling on the weekend. Maddox and Pax evidently stayed back because they have their own schedules. The younger ones still want to hang with mom and dad. The younger ones aren’t embarrassed yet by dad’s orange hat? As you know, the Jolie wrote By The Sea, is directing, and also stars. Full Story
Masters Of Sex Season 2 Episode 11 recap Here lies the Cal-o-metric plotline. Not only is it clumsy and completely beside the point, but in this episode (as well as the last) we completely abandon the pretense that any of these Cal-O-Metric characters exist in the same world as Bill and Virginia. Full Story