It Ain't Over: Petition Calls for a Retraction from The New York Times After Labeling Shonda Rhimes an 'Angry Black Woman'

Yesterday, we showed you how Shonda Rhimes popped off on The New York Times for publishing an article that was not only full of back-handed compliments, but also labeled her as an “angry black woman.”

Now, there is an online petition demanding a retraction and a public apology from the publication for their offensive writing.

From the op-ed’s opening line — “When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called ‘How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman” — Stanley wildly misreads the heroines at the center of much of Rhimes’ work, and arbitrarily judges their adherence to white beauty standards. 

Research shows there are dire consequences for Black people when such harmful archetypes rule the day. And with so few Black women both onscreen or behind the scenes in Hollywood, high profile, dehumanizing misinterpretations of their work cannot be tolerated.

Stand with us and demand an apology from the New York Times and Alessandra Stanley, and a retraction of her harmful op-ed.

The petition vows to send the following letter on behalf of it’s signees.

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If you’re interested in signing the petition, click the link above.

Do you think The New York Times will actually print a retraction?

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