The 60-second spot, directed by “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn, compares the Democratic contender to the “brilliant, complex, overqualified” female characters that lead ABC’s Shondaland dramas.
“I make television filled with the kind of characters we all can be,” Rhimes said in the ad. “The real world has Hillary Clinton.”
The four women, who have previously voiced support for Clinton, call the candidate a “bona fide, rolls-up-her-sleeves, fights-for-what’s-right, in-it-for-you, won’t-back-down champion for all of us.”
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 11, 2016
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) March 11, 2016
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 11, 2016
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 11, 2016
“This was a paid political advertisement placed on a number of stations,” ABC said in a statement. “Broadcasters are required by the FCC to carry these ads.”