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Watch Shonda Rhimes Receive GLAAD Media Award From Kerry Washington + Their Rousing Speeches

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 4, 2012 3:52 PM
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During a Saturday celebration, Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes took home 2 GLAAD Media Awards for "her contributions to LGBT visibility" - a special recognition (the Golden Gate Award), as well as the outstanding drama series award for Grey's Anatomy.

And who better to both fete and hand her the awrd than Kerry Washington, star of Rhimes' latest offereing, Scandal.

Kerry opens up with a heartfelt introduction to Rhimes, running about 6 minutes long, and then Rhimes takes to the stage, and gives her own moving speech, which takes up almost 10 minutes. Of course she talks about the Isaiah Washington kerfuffle. This was the GLAAD Media Awards after all.

There was actually something surreal about watching this; I realized that it's rare for Shonda to appear in public and give rousing speeches like this. She doesn't do many interviews either.

First watch Kerry's intro (and then watch Shonda's acceptance speech underneath):

And here's Shonda:

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  • misha | June 5, 2012 10:22 PMReply

    I'm afraid to watch. Does Shonda throw Isaiah under the bus again?

  • Orville | June 5, 2012 8:47 PMReply

    I felt Shonda didn't deal with the Isaiah Washington incident well at all. I remember a black lesbian writer Jasmyne Cannick criticize ABC for treating Isaiah Washington like garbage. Isaiah was wrong for treating TR Knight badly but GLAAD is not really supporting of all gays just WHITE GAYS. If you look at GLAAD's history it is a racist anti black organization they don't give a shit about black LGBT folks at all.

  • Chamarae | June 5, 2012 9:32 PM

    Your are absolutely correct. As a black Lesbian, I am fully aware of the troubles we've had with the National GLAAD organization. They only need us and use us when they are pushing the agenda that "we", gays, are just like African Americans seeking our civil rights. Now Shonda needs us, so she's more than happy to blow her trumpet in a rare public appearance. This spectacle = "Bambozzler" starring Shonda " the talented writer who understands that the beautiful universality of our shared human experiences can be wonderfully laid out in front of the audience through exploring a diverse range of human experiences onscreen" Rhimes.

  • Akimbo | June 5, 2012 9:20 PM

    Please. She tried to give the dude another chance, tried to move on, make everyone kiss and pretend to make up, then the fool had to go on the red carpet and yell "I didn't call [him] a faggot!" With a freaking grin on his face. It was a wrap after that, had to be. I'm not going to deny that certain movements that supposedly strive towards equality (feminist, homosexual) have issues with racism, but you can't pin that ish on Shonda.

  • EYES WIDE SHUT | June 5, 2012 5:28 PMReply

    Excuse the stench. I just watched the Kerry Washington clip and now I'm throwing up. What a bunch of pretentious bs! Heartfelt? She was reading a freakin' telepromter!! OH-MY-GOD... The BET awards have been noted for their "questionable" less than above reproach to picking winners, and now their forgotten step-sister, GLAAD's Media Awards, has soiled their Golden Gate Gay Lady. I wonder if they gave Shonda Rhimes a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht Master II, to go along with her Golden Gate Award and free P&A? Gag me with a gay spoon -- Shonda is so wonderful for throwing a brotha under the bus and showing us that 300 lb triple chin black women can find success in Hollywood, even if they have to placate to gays, white folks and token tooting black folks.

  • Julia | June 4, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    This is simply wonderful! I think Shonda Rhimes does not get nearly enough credit for how complex and fully realized all the characters on her shows are regardless of sex, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. There's no tokenism happening there. Just a talented writer who understands that the beautiful universality of our shared human experiences can be wonderfully laid out in front of the audience through exploring a diverse range of human experiences onscreen.

    I love how she acknowledges the Isaiah Washington incident instead of brushing it under the rug.

    Kerry Washington is awesome as always :)

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