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The Only One: A Talk With Shonda Rhimes

Who often gets asked about television as a whole? About people of color on television? About black women on television? Who’s expected to act as broadcast television’s conscience and diversity czar? Shonda Rhimes. And every minute she’s asked to spend serving that function, valuable and necessary as it is, and perfectly understandable as it is that people are curious about her experiences, is a minute she's not answering the same questions Damon Lindelof gets, or Joss Whedon gets, or Chuck Lorre gets. She’s not talking about her process, she’s not talking about her characters, she’s not telling her silly show business stories. She’s saying yes, this is bad (as we know). Yes, this is a loss (as we know). Yes, networks who ignore entire audiences are leaving viewers on the table at a time when nobody can afford to do that (as we know).

This is why I’m telling you all this. This is why I’m in this story: because this is where the struggle I was having dovetails with what’s going on in Alessandra Stanley’s piece.

The question of how to interview her in a way that doesn’t ignore interesting characteristics of her work and doesn’t pretend we’re in a post-racial landscape where none of this exists but also doesn’t treat her as solely Shonda Rhimes The Black Female Showrunner is related to the question of how to receive female characters of color and acknowledge that their race is part of their identity without thinking of them as primarily in terms of what kind of Black Female Character they are or how they fit into the picture of diversity.

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anonymous asked:

No, actually Shonda doesn't have to necessary write what the fans want. It is her show. Artistically, the show is going to go the way she sees fit. Fitz & Olivia may end up being together, but I am pretty sure the show ends after that. Now, if Shonda were to write what we wanted, there would be happy viewers but the storyteller wouldn't be so happy.

I totally get that she’s the creator of the show and therefore has a lot of creative input in the story line. That is exactly the point though, she is the CREATOR OF A SHOW and with that comes a certain level of responsibility and respect for the people that watch it. 

I agree that when Olitz get together properly the show will be over but there is huge difference between that and the situation they’ve found themselves in now. The whole scene of her throwing the ring back at him still angers me because of the amount on inconsistent writing it included (for example her “i fixed an election for u” even though he didn’t and would never ask her to do so). It is clear that Shonda has some issue with Fitz and will do anything to make people believe is is the bad guy in all this. She has tried it many times and many fans just feel that he needs a chance to be happy. 

So yes, she should write the show she wants but she also needs to open her eyes as to what about the show gives her the most ratings. Hint: it’s not B613, Mellie wanting to be president, Cyrus marrying a prostitute and it for sure isn’t Lena Dunham wearing a crappy wig.

 I’m not saying all Olitz all the time, not at all, there of course needs to be other story lines but this whole second part of this season seems to be a mess.