Shonda Rhimes and her leading ladies, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Ellen Pompeo teamed up in an endorsement video, directed by Scandal co-star Tony Goldwyn, for 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The video aired yesterday evening on ABC during the ‘Thank God It’s Thursday’ (TGIT) Shondaland lineup. The leading ladies accurately describe their characters as a “brilliant, complex, overqualified, get it done woman, who obsessively fights for justice.”
“Every day I wake up and play a brilliant, complex, over-qualified, get-it-done woman who obsessively fights for justice; who cares; who gives a voice to the voiceless; who gets knocked down and always gets back up.”
“I make television filled with the kind of characters I imagine we all can be. Our characters are on television, but the real world has Hillary Clinton. A bonafide, rolls-up-her-sleeves, fights for what’s right, in it for you, won’t back down champion for all of us.”
“Our characters are on television, but the real world has Hillary Clinton. A bonafide, rolls-up-her-sleeves, fights for what’s right, in it for you, won’t back down champion for all of us.”
This ad is so powerful because Shonda Rhimes has created some of the most interesting, diverse, complex, and multi-dimensional female characters in the history of television. Developing multiple strong female characters who are seen battling adversity and sexism among a host of other trials and tribulations while coming out at the other end stronger than ever is simply revolutionary when it comes to television content and mirrors everything that Clinton stands for.
Shondaland’s leading female characters comprised of political titans, life savers, and defense attorneys are all cut from the brand of feminism that Hillary Clinton portrays, and it’s no surprise to hear each of these women proudly declare their support for Clinton by boldly stating:
“That’s why I’m with Hillary.”
– Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo, Viola Davis
Check out the endorsement below!