Shonda Rhimes has been the Queen Betch of Television for a long time now, and given the current spotlight on diversity in TV and Film, she used her win at the Producer Guild Awards (tbh not an award show I’ve ever heard of but that’s prob because it doesn’t have an E! Red Carpet Special attached) to make the very important point that she is the shit when it comes to good TV.
While accepting the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television, Shonda, Ruler of Shondaland and all Her Colonies, started her acceptance speech in the betchiest, queenliest way possible:
“I’m going to be totally honest with you. I completely deserve this.”
A statement which, by the way, is exactly what I say anytime I get over 100 favs on an insta selfie and could only be betchier if she’d actually included the phrase “tbh.” Shonda didn’t stop there. She went on to highlight her own hard work (which we are already familiar with because it has resulted in literally every good show of all time) and the adversity she had to get to her current bad bitch status.
“I have, against the odds, courageously pioneered the art of writing for people of color as if they were human beings. I’ve bravely gone around just casting parts for actors who were the best ones. I fearlessly faced down ABC when they completely agreed with me that Olivia Pope should be black. And I raised my sword heroically and then put it down again when Paul Lee never fought me about any of my storytelling choices.”
Now if you don’t think that isn’t some thinly veiled shade at the whole #OscarsSoWhite fiasco then you don’t know wtf shade is. Shonda, ever the betch, used her platform as the only female recipient of this award (also bs btw) to do what betches do best – speak with confidence and openly love yourself.
“I created the content I wanted to see and I created what I know is normal. So basically, you are giving me an award for being me, in which case I totally deserve it.”
Damn. Remind me to say exactly that if I ever win an award.