All the times Shonda Rhimes owned Twitter
It seems that Shonda Rhimes, the unofficial Queen of Television, saves many of her best lines for social media.
Over the years, the creator of massively popular shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal has often taken to Twitter to weigh in on controversial issues or fire back at haters.
Case in point: After Grey’s star Jesse Williams made headlines with his BET Awards speech calling for equality, someone launched a petition to try get him fired from the series. Rhimes shut down the talk with only seven words. Here’s a look back at some of Rhimes’ most memorable tweets:
On a petition against Jesse Williams
Rhimes quickly dismisses any notion of firing the actor.
On Donald Trump
Rhimes has often tweeted against the president. Last year, during the campaign after Trump referred to a black man attending a campaign rally as “my African-American,” Rhimes wrote:
On the North Carolina bathroom bill
Rhimes voiced her opposition to North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill — legislation dictating what bathrooms transgender people are allowed to use.
On pay inequality
On Equal Pay Day, Rhimes spoke out about the gender wage gap:
On the “diversity question”
On the day of the 2016 Academy Awards, Rhimes explained why she’s tired of being asked about the importance of diversity in Hollywood.
On Stacey Dash
Stacey Dash, who criticized the #OscarsSoWhite movement and Black History month, made an appearance during the Oscars ceremony, prompting Rhimes to chime in:
On moms in the workplace
Rhimes voiced her support for working mothers:
On the outdated term “gay scenes”
After a Twitter user complained to Rhimes about the “gay scenes” in her shows, she responded:
On the phrase “Angry Black Woman”
A New York Times story about How To Get Away With Murder opened with, “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called, ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.'” She took the opportunity to address the racist label, as well as point at that Peter Nowalk, not Rhimes, is the show’s creator.
On Bill Cosby
After it was announced that Bill Cosby will host town halls around the country to educate “married men” and others about the dangers of sexual assault, this following a mistrial in Cosby’s own sexual assault case, Rhimes tweeted: “From Shonda’s Town Hall on Avoiding Sexual Assault Charges: 1) Do not sexually assault anyone. 2) Shut up-this attention belongs to survivors.”