Over the weekend, a tweeter complained to Shonda Rhimes that "gay scenes" in the TV shows "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder" were "too much." Rhimes, who executive produces both shows and who has spoken up in support of the LGBT community in the past, quickly took to her own Twitter feed to shut down the remarks.
Rhimes then posted a couple statements advocating for acceptance.
Rhimes previously has declared her commitment to portraying LGBT characters on her shows and received a Golden Gate Award from GLAAD in 2012 for being a "media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBT equality."
"I think that love is universal," Rhimes said in her GLAAD acceptance speech. "And I think in telling LGBT stories, I'm telling everyone's story. Love is, in fact, universal, right? … I want my daughters to grow up in a world in which there is more love than hate. I want them to know a world where everyone is free. So that's why I write the stories that I do, because everyone should be free."
Catch up on Rhimes' shows on Thursday nights on ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" airs at 8 p.m. ET, "Scandal" airs at 9 p.m. ET and "How to Get Away with Murder" airs at 10 p.m. ET.