'Grey's Anatomy' Creator Defends Against Amputation Backlash

Last night's "Grey's Anatomy" continued to show the aftermath of a plane crash which has devastated the staff at Seattle Grace. First Mark Sloane lost his life and this week another doctor lost her limb.


"It felt real to me that Arizona would lose her leg," Rhimes wrote late Thursday on her Shondaland blog. "That someone we love so much would go from being ambulatory to WORKING on being ambulatory, that we would begin to understand what it is like to be differently-abled from watching a person we love BECOME differently-abled."

Reportedly after last night's new episode featured fan-favorite Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) having her leg amputated due to injuries sustained in the crash, Rhimes was lambasted for the storyline on Twitter. Some viewers even went so far as to claim the character was targeted due to her sexual orientation.

"We don’t punish people for their sexual preferences. That is so 1985. We allow people, no matter what their sexual preference, to have complex storylines," Rhimes responded. "I felt it important to develop a storyline that detailed what happens when an able-bodied person loses a limb and then how that person resumes their life. It's upsetting to me that 'disabled' is a word that never enters into a conversation about how we live our lives."

Much like any tragedy on the series, every cloud has a silver-lining and Rhimes claims a happy ending is forthcoming for the couple. "Callie and Arizona are going to have a fun romance-y, sexy love life again," she wrote. "And you are going to see it this season. That's important to me. I stated in the Writers Room that Arizona could not lose a leg unless we were going to see how a person missing a leg could be sexy and fun and romance-y. So get ready for it -- Arizona is gonna get her mojo back in a BIG WAY. And (spoiler alert!) it's gonna happen before Valentine's Day."

What did you think of last night's episode?

- Grey's Anatomy
- Jessica Capshaw
- Shonda Rhimes

Written by: kyleiam
Oct 5th, 2012, 8:01 am

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