Shonda Rhimes Accepted Her PGA Award In The Best Way Possible: "I Deserve This"

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When Shonda Rhimes accepted the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television at the Producer Guild Awards, she didn't just rattle off a list of names she owes her success to. She actually thanked herself. (But is that really a surprise coming from the Queen of television who lost over 100 pounds and turned her life around just by saying "yes"?)

“I’m going to be totally honest with you,” Rhimes told the audience, “I completely deserve this.”

In a society where women are taught to always be humble and never take compliments, it's refreshing to hear a woman take complete ownership of her success without apologizing for it:

One might interpret her tongue-in-cheek language as her downplaying her achievement, but that wasn't her point. Her point was that, as Vulture put it, "she had not created a new vision for television, but simply insisted on depicting the world as she sees it."

Rhimes also reminds the audience that it's deeply disappointing — disturbing, really — that in 2016, we still have to talk about diversity in television:

Boom. There's really no place like ShondaLand.

(h/t Vulture)

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