NYT Apologizes For ‘Angry Black Woman’ Comment in Shonda Rhimes Review

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The New York Times (NYT) is apologizing after a controversial review has caused backlash. Last week, NYT editor Alessandra Stanley wrote a review of Shonda Rhimes’ new show, How to Get Away with Murder. The review, which triggered outrage by some, began with:

When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.

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[Click here to read the entire review] On Monday (September 22nd), it’s editor Margaret Sullivan apologized, writing:

The article on the television producer Shonda Rhimes hadn’t yet appeared in Sunday’s paper, but the virtual world was ablaze in protest over it on Friday after it was published online. There are some big questions here — about diversity, about editing procedures and about how The Times deals with stories