In Shondaland—where Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder live—gays are sexy, complicated, and flawed. How one ‘Angry Black Woman’ (ugh) revolutionized gay characters on TV.
Shonda Rhimes’ characters are horrible people.
They’re operatic sinners. They’re also open-hearted Samaritans. They’re selfish and harpy, but generous and romantic. They’re conniving sons of bitches, but they’re also vulnerable, broken, and flawed. They’re ambitious and powerful, and doubting and insecure. They’re complex and complicated—like all of us.