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Shonda Rhimes fires back at fan on Twitter over ‘gay scenes’

Shonda Rhimes, pictured in July 2014. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

TORONTO — TV producer Shonda Rhimes fired back this week at a Twitter user who objected to the steamy same-sex scenes on Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.

Someone known as @Dabdelhakiem tweeted at Rhimes on Oct. 19: “the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. There is no point and they add nothing to the plot.”

Rhimes, executive producer of both shows, went on the defensive. “There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them,” she tweeted back at @Dabdelhakiem.

“If u use the phrase ‘gay scenes’, u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia. #oneLOVE.”

Rhimes tweeted that she was surprised “this kind of hate is out there.”

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Jack Falahee of ‘How to Get Away With Murder,’ pictured in July 2014. Getty Images

On Scandal, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) hooked up with a man (Matthew Del Negro) and on the new series How to Get Away With Murder, law student Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) has had trysts with Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) and Paxton (Niko Pepaj).

Falahee has not weighed in on Twitter except to retweet Rhimes’ first response.

The romps on How to Get Away With Murder have, in fact, been key to the plot. In both cases, Connor had sex with the men to obtain evidence.

Still, @Dabdelhakiem has defended the tweet.

“When I watch a show i don’t really expect to watch random meaningless sex scenes of any sex.”

Here’s the conversation:

Here, @Dabdelhakiem defended the original tweet.

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