People Magazine Showed Its Whiteness With Offensive Viola Davis and Scandal Tweets

Another media outlet’s offensive tweets highlight the lack of diversity and common sense.


Thursday night was a huge night for prime-time television, with season premieres of Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder. With both shows proving to be hits on social media, various media outlets live-tweeted the premieres. But People magazine didn’t exactly win over the crowd with some of its tweets. Apparently the person behind People’s Twitter account has the intellectual capacity of a gnat.

First there was the tweet about Kerry Washington’s hair on Scandal:

Olivia’s back to straight hair so you KNOW she means business. #Scandal

— People magazine (@peoplemag) September 26, 2014

The tweet, which of course was deleted after receiving several “WTF, People?” responses, should have been a sign for the social media person to step away from the keyboard. But no. That didn’t happen.

During How to Get Away With Murder, People decided to remind everyone that Viola Davis, who plays a law professor on the series, was once a maid on The Help:

Sure enough, that tweet received more “WTF, People?” responses: