Viola Davis

Screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes may have another hit on her hands with ABC's new legal drama How To get Away With Murder, which premiered last night.

How To Get Away With Murder stars Oscar nominee Viola Davis, 49, as a pop psychology law professor who compensates for her repressed sexual tension by intimidating her best law students.

Thursday was also the season 4 premiere of 44-year-old Rhimes's hit TV series Scandal, starring Kerry Washington. Two back-to-back TV shows starring strong, independent black women was apparently too much for a bigoted People magazine staffer to stand.

The staffer tweeted the following jab at Davis -- and, by extension, Rhimes -- on People's Twitter account during the premiere. The tweet was quickly deleted according to my loyal reader @ShirlzRene.

It seems the NY Times isn't the only media outlet taking pot shots at Rhimes' spectacular success.

People mag tweet

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    • Gigi26

      People mag tried it. We ain't with the bullshyt anymore. Anywhoo I heard this show was good, I was watching my sprite show Parenthood so i'll have to catch this tonite. I for one am glad scripted series are back cuz I'm really tired of the reality bs, even though its scripted :lol:

    • http://www.twitter.com/kabyeyou KABYEYOU

      That show was pretty good.

    • Blanche Devereaux

      They apologized too lol smh

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPIs6REdG2Q datsmdubya2u

      Thanks for the video Sandy i missed this last night.. Authorities in Paris France say they have no plans to investigate attack on KimK..... They told zmt "you Americans care about stunts like that. But we dont" :coffee:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPIs6REdG2Q datsmdubya2u

      Oh so whatever role Viola Davis plays she'll always be a maid to them. :rollseyes:

    • http://srchronicles.wordpress.com/ LifeCHANger

      I liked the show for the most part. Had a nigga kinda confused tho. That one girl has an impeccable weave game.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPgpRw9tiuM bnatural

      I've added two shows into my weekly line-up....

      This one and Blackish..... :cheer:

    • lovezoe

      That gay scene though, wow. Holding nothing back in prime time. It was good. Interested to see how the ending came about. Did teach out them up to it, or did they do it on their own. I first thought it was part of the final exam.

    • https://m.soundcloud.com/bernadette-giacomazzo/momma-dee-i-deserve?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_cam MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      Sneaks byke in .. Somebody hurry up and point me in the edges comment post before it's gone
      I'll read it later :kona:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      fugg them pinched-faced, skeletor bishes! Viola went to Julliard! yall workin in print and hatin 'cause YO A$$ aint kind, smart, or important enough to be on anybody's tv or movie screen! FOH!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      Taken, it's in the Lamar Sally post ( :crying1: )...start around numero 1 2 0 :kona:

    • inter_loop

      The People magazine hate boils down to one thing; and that thing I'm talking about is jealousy.

      We know the tricks. Stop getting make at the intellectual competitiveness.

    • https://m.soundcloud.com/bernadette-giacomazzo/momma-dee-i-deserve?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_cam MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      @IS :fistbump:
      :kona:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Jealousy and envy looks so good on them :ha:

      Think about how low in life you have to feel to font those feelings IN PRINT :lol:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      inter-loop! :yahoo: i posted a link for you today! (it’s something positive that “we” can be proud of and encouraged by)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4itWGptNruE

    • luVn_liFe…

      viola looks great in that still :thumbsup:

    • inter_loop

      Nancy Drew thanks! I'm a budding rose thorn and it feels good to be here!

    • https://m.soundcloud.com/bernadette-giacomazzo/momma-dee-i-deserve?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_cam MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      :ghost: The Lotd knew to keep me working today cause :no: the way these jokes lined up...
      @Dub :warning: Chan: Don't worry me and VDOT will create a story of what happened when you met until you log in Tues.
      And you will log in. Or else :shank: WE RIOT!
      :bye:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      i'm still pretty new here too iloop, but you should be fine as long as you don't run afoul of the Pink Box :bite: :lol:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      luVn_liFe... says:

      viola looks great in that still :thumbsup:
      :cosign: Yes she does :yes:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool: says:

      i’m still pretty new here

      :huh:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      viola looks great in that still :thumbsup:
      _______________________

      but doesn't she Luvie! :nun: by contrast, by the time most of 'them' hit just TWENTY-nine, they got a face full of poison and snake skin :rolleyes:

    • http://srchronicles.wordpress.com/ LifeCHANger

      @MisTaken.....e-riot and loot all yall want. Come Monday, Dub gonna be busy talking to a man about a dog.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      :huh:
      ___________________

      :huh: back to you! :eek: i have not been on here a whole year yet DTTS! now quit harrassing the newbies and go pick on someone of your own tenure! :chase: :lol:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      NOt if'n she'en satisfied! :hahaha:
      I'm just joshing yall :wink:

    • https://m.soundcloud.com/bernadette-giacomazzo/momma-dee-i-deserve?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_cam MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

      @Chan I meant if she couldn't log in on Tuesday due to.... The PANK box :blink: Eva Baby Morse Code
      Now get from round here and work on YA man Kegels :eek:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      harrassing

      :shocked: <--my face in real life when folks throw that word around :lol:

      Then I school them that its not harassment if you don't say anything :lol:

    • luVn_liFe…

      by contrast, by the time most of ‘them’ hit just TWENTY-nine, they got a face full of poison and snake skin :
      ~~~~
      YES

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      @Sandra, thank you for fixing the link! :bow: "merci"

    • JerseyGirl68

      Shonda Rhimes and her shows give me the creeps. :scared:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      26 :dead:

    • luVn_liFe…

      likely story
      :rolleyes:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Thing
      Merci :love:

      :gossip: I know about 6 french sayings, and I tie them together to sound like I can flow :crying1: LMAO

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      :shocked: ...and on THAT note :kona:

    • msarcher

      Hi, haven't watched yet, just wanted to thank you for the comments in the Sherri post. Btw... :newbie:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Be nice LuvLife :rofl:

      :whistle: sha-creep :whistle:
      ^^^from that old song :hahaha:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool: says:

      :shocked: …and on THAT note :kona:
      :rules: YEW Best :eek: not be trying to accuse me yet AGANE :eek: of something that I know not whatchew talmbout :mad:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :karate:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :karate: :karate: :karate: I brought some frens :kona:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Them the cats from MJ's Who's Bad :ghost:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      :hahaha: :no: you're a nut case! but nobody said anything to you. :rofl:

      *sigh* anyway, let me pack up and geaux!

      Sandra, iloop, DTTS, and Luvie... have a wonderful weekend! :nite:

    • Kanyade

      I thoroughly enjoyed the show. People magazine can kick rocks. Viola will still rise. #bowdown

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRALyMDoCBw&sns=em Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection :cool:

      Oh! DTTS, check out the link in #15. (seems that, against all odds, :lol: you ended up with a brainy kid, so if this is something that might interest him I know you'll be all over it) :hug:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      *ignores you real hard* :lol:

      :nite:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      I am here for Viola :tea:

    • scorpio

      Kanyade says:

      I thoroughly enjoyed the show. People magazine can kick rocks. Viola will still rise. #bowdown
      --------------------------------------------------------------------

      "And Still I Rise"

      Maya's word ringing louder than ever now.

    • User Friendly

      The Neelys have filed for divorce :(

    • sassyshe

      I havent seen it as yet, I tivoed it but I told you guys these sprites are mad that Shonda is not only a female but a black female who is at the top of her game and has only had the kind of success that Aaron Spelling, Josh Weadon and Ryan Murphy has consistenly had

    • lovezoe

      UF- that's sad

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPIs6REdG2Q datsmdubya2u

      MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor's #1 prayer warrior :pray: says:

      Sneaks byke in .. Somebody hurry up and point me in the edges comment post before it’s gone
      I’ll read it later

      Nancy Drew (fka IsThisThingOn) has entered into witness protection says:

      Taken, it’s in the Lamar Sally post …start around numero 1 2 0

      ________________________________________

      :thinking: something must've happen before that..thats what i wanna read

    • MisUnderstood

      The hate is real in white America. FYI, the you is smart, you is important line isn't from The Help. It's from the movie where she had a son & they were fighting the school system. Can't think of the name right now.

    • nybrn2

      Wheeeew chile....Viola's "boyfriend" was fine aka Foooooine!! Runs off and googles him!!

    • EyesofScorpio

      MisUnderstood says:
      FYI, the you is smart, you is important line isn’t from The Help.

      --------------------------
      yes it is.

    • pointhimout

      So I should get in the habit of snaggin' and snippin' screen shots? I saw the People mag tweet and thought 'wow, are they referring to her role in the help?' You can tell a lot of times these brands like people, paramount tv, etc., have a 20 something behind the scene doing the social networking.

      It was a decent show. Shonda's shows are all pretty much the same, but once you find a formula that works, stick with it. I'd watch this one over Scandal. I can't get past that same silly OMG look that stays on Kerry's face most episodes. And her awkward walk. I still say Gabrielle Union as Olivia Pope would have been cancelled long ago, but not a fan of Scandal at all.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

      ica. FYI, the you is smart, you is important line isn’t from The Help. It’s from the movie where she had a son & they were fighting the school system. Can’t think of the name right now.

      ----------

      No ma'am. It is from the Help....She always told the white girl that because her mama wasn't shat and didn't love her.

      Ioono if I'm outraged by the comment. Ifn I saw Jaleel White in a role I'm waiting for him to say Did I do that?

      Tia and Tamera Go home Roger

      Mary Kate and Ashley you got it dude

      Some references just stick with you and define you for your entire career.

    • MisUnderstood

      You're right MissyJ, I forgot that part.

      I also get the 2nd part of what you're saying but those shows have play for yrs. The help was a movie, statement was said a few times. Why couldn't they remember something else she said from her other movies. Just plain ignant

    • MisUnderstood

      And shonda rhimes did not produce this show. Some guy named Pete did

    • User Friendly

      Created by Peter Norwalk. 3 exec producers one of which is Shonda Rhimes :shrugs: Close enough.

    • MisUnderstood

      See that's why she's getting picked on by Times. Don't claim this one Shonda, just collect your money silently & let Pete deal with the BS

    • http://www.allthingsfabandfly.com All Things Fab and Fly

      Does Grey 's Anatonmy still come on? Because that's also her show. So she should have 3 in a row on Thursday night. She is so inspiring for a black woman.

    • http://twitter.com/SayItaIntSoJoe8 Atypical

      I liked the show. Scandal was good but not everything like usual... :(