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New TV Series winner Viola Davis getting up on stage and calling out Alessandra Stanley’s widely-criticized New York Times article about Shonda Rhimes. Last fall, the paper’s television critic received lots of blowback for a story that referred to Shonda Rhimes as “an angry black woman” while discussing the successful slate of ShondaLand dramas. Stanley also drew criticism for her remarks about Davis, the star of “How to Get Away With Murder” (produced by Rhimes) when she wrote that the actress was “older, darker-skinned and less classically beautiful” than Kerry Washington, who stars in Rhimes’s show “Scandal.”
When accepting her trophy on stage, Davis gave a shout out to the fans, and then took a pointed dig at the story while she thanked the executive producers of her series: “Thank you Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Peter Nowalk,for thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty.”
Ben Affleck was designated the humanitarian of the year for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, which he co-founded in 2010 with Whitney Williams. The organization advocates the economic and social growth of the country through various programs.
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