Strategically Ambiguous Shonda Rhimes: Respectability Politics of a Black Woman Showrunner

  title={Strategically Ambiguous Shonda Rhimes: Respectability Politics of a Black Woman Showrunner},
  author={Ralina L. Joseph},
  pages={302 - 320}
In this article I examine showrunner Shonda Rhimes’s 21st-century Black respectability politics, or what I call strategic ambiguity. I trace Rhimes’s performance of strategic ambiguity in the press first in the pre-Obama era and at the beginning of her first show, Grey’s Anatomy, when she stuck to a script of colorblindness, and a second in the #BlackLivesMatter moment and after a string of hits, when she called out racialized sexism and redefined Black female respectability. In the first… 
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