Recent tweets and comments regarding her shows’ love scenes led Shonda Rhimes to take to Twitter to talk about the controversial scenes. Two of her hit Thursday night shows—How to Get Away With Murder and Scandal—have gay characters that are part of the main cast.
And when someone tweeted at Rhimes, “@shondarhimes the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot,” the creator and executive producer of the ABC hit shows fired back.
And then the all-important follow-up:
Before How to Get Away With Murder’s premiere, Rhimes spoke with E! News about her desire to advocate sexual acceptance and equality on her shows, saying, “Writing the gay characterization and writing some real gay sex into a network show is to right the wrong of all of the straight sex that you see on TV. Because I didn’t see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people.”
Rhimes also sent out a message to her followers reminding them to be more accepting, writing, “I love all you Tweeples. Even the ones who still need to grow. And remember that at some point, someone discriminated against you too.”
In the pilot of How to Get Away With Murder, gay law student Connor Walsh, portrayed by Jack Falahee, was the only main character to have a sex scene.