Shonda Rhimes Slams Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music Tribute at Oscars 2015: “Dear God, Julie Had to Hear That”

Shonda Rhimes and Lady Gaga
Shonda Rhimes slammed Lady Gaga's Sound of Music tribute performance at the 2015 Oscars. JB Lacroix/WireImage; ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a common view that noted TV producer, beloved show creator, and outspoken activist Shonda Rhimes can do no wrong. After all, this is the woman who created Scandal’s Olivia Pope and the main reason we drink wine and stay in on Thursday nights. But on Sunday, Feb. 22, Rhimes, 45, voiced a very contrary opinion on Twitter during the 2015 Oscars. 

“That was not okay,” she wrote following Lady Gaga’s The Sound of Music medley tribute. “I mean, Idina [Menzel] is there. She is right there. RIGHT THERE. And oh dear God, Julie [Andrews] had to hear that. #Oscars2015.” 

The “Applause” singer’s unexpected and praised performance actually brought tears to the 1965 film’s star Julie Andrews, 79, who hugged Lady Gaga, 28, and raved about her rendition of the musical’s iconic songs. 

On Monday, Feb. 23, a fan responded to Rhimes’ criticism, writing, “@shondarhimes wow, missing the point. The unexpected Gaga made the moment.” The #TGIT producer replied, “I probably did miss the point. Everyone else loved it. That’s okay.” 

Tell Us: Do you agree with Shonda Rhimes or did you love Lady Gaga’s Oscars performance? 

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