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Shonda Rhimes Talks About 'Normalizing' TV at HRC Gala

Shonda Rhimes Talks About 'Normalizing' TV at HRC Gala

Shonda Rhimes is not a fan of the word "diversity."

Published March 15, 2015

Fifty years ago, the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had a dream that Americans would not be judged by the color of their skin. Today, television producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes, best known for the ABC smash hit Scandal,  is making dreams come true for people who fear being judged by their sexuality.

“I really hate the word ‘diversity,'” said Rhimes, an honoree at the Human Rights Campaign’s Los Angeles Gala. According to a report fromVariety, Rhimes told the crowd, “It is just something other. Something special, like it’s rare. ‘It’s diversity!’ As if there is something unusual about telling stories about women or people of color or LGBT characters on TV. I have a different word. I call it ‘normalizing.’ I make TV look like the world looks.”

Last year, the entertainment trade reports, a viewer complained about "gay scenes" on Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. But according to Rhimes, there's no such thing as gay scenes. They are merely "scenes with people in them."

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Written by Joyce Jones

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