SCANDAL’s Shonda Rhimes’ Mini-Scandal during her Commencement Address
We know most of you SCANDAL Gladiators are missing your Thursday fix of this popular show created by Shonda Rhimes. But, Shonda created a mini scandal when she used a small profanity during a commencement address at her alma mater.
Shonda was Dartmouth’s commencement speaker this year and had a lot to say about work ethics and activism. She also let the students know how she feels about those who don’t focus on something outside of themselves.
While noting that she hates giving speeches, Rhimes took time to address the graduating class of 2014 at her alma mater on how they can make themselves useful:
Oh. And while we are discussing this, let me say a thing. A hashtag is not helping. #yesallwomen #takebackthenight #notallmen #bringbackourgirls #StopPretendingHashtagsAreTheSameAsDoingSomething
Hashtags are very pretty on Twitter. I love them. I will hashtag myself into next week. But a hashtag is not a movement. A hashtag does not make you Dr. King. A hashtag does not change anything. It’s a hashtag. It’s you, sitting on your butt, typing on your computer and then going back to binge-watching your favorite show. I do it all the time. For me, it’s “Game of Thrones.”
Volunteer some hours. Focus on something outside yourself. Devote a slice of your energies towards making the world suck less every week. Some peo
ple suggest doing this will increase your sense of well-being. Some say it’s good karma. I say that it will allow you to remember that, whether you are a legacy or the first in your family to go to college, the air you are breathing right now is rare air. Appreciate it.
Don’t be an a%#hole.
Okay…that wasn’t too scandalous. Here’s the video of the entire speech.