Whoever is behind People magazine's Twitter account has a lot of explaining to do.
The magazine faced harsh scrutiny during its live-tweeting of ABC's premiere lineup Thursday night, which included all three series executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. During "How To Get Away With Murder," rather than celebrating star Viola Davis for her performance as a law school professor, People apparently could only see her as the maid, Aibileen Clark, whom she played in "The Help."
Fans immediately responded to the magazine's tweet, which has since been deleted, for its racist and offensive nature:
Racism in 140 characters.
Congratulations, @PeopleMag. You win Scum of the Day Award.
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) September 26, 2014
@peoplemag why did you have to go and rain on Viola Davis's parade? Every time black woman take 2 steps forward we're pushed 4 steps back 😔
— *Rebellious Soul* (@Serenity_32) September 26, 2014
— An Howard Publishing (@AnHoward1) September 26, 2014
But that wasn't the magazine's only misstep Thursday night. People also tweeted out a comment about actress Kerry Washington's hair during the season premiere of "Scandal," which viewers also found offensive.
— Meredith Jones (@murrderdith) September 26, 2014
— Theownley Winner (@theownley) September 26, 2014
The Huffington Post has reached out for comment and will update the post if and when the magazine responds.