Shonda Rhimes Wasted No Time In Putting An “Ignorant” Article On Blast
Deadline.com posted an article by writer Nellie Andreeva that drew attention to the more prominent role minority actors are having this TV season. Shonda Rhimes, like many other readers, were baffled over the suggestion that TV has somehow become too diverse.
Popular TV Shows like Empire, How to Get Away with Murder, Black-ish, are just some of the TV shows that have been trying to let the minorities have some prominent roles in the castings. But for Andreeva, this seems to be a problem. Rather than commending this move towards diversity, Andreeva questioned whether or not this trend in which supposedly “ethnic castings” are reportedly preferred over using white performers. She even goes on to question if it is “too much of a good thing” and claims that many produces are just trying to fill an “ethnic quota”.
A lot of what is happening right now is long overdue, the TV and film superhero ranks have been overly white for too long, workplace shows should be diverse to reflect workplace in real America, and ethnic actors should get a chance to play more than the proverbial best friend or boss. But replacing one set of rigid rules with another by imposing a quota of ethnic talent on each show might not be the answer. Empire, Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, and Fresh Off the Boat have been breakouts because they represent worlds and points of view that were not on TV…” – Andreeva
Shonda Rhimes, the executive producer of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder blasted the article on Twitter.
1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse! 2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 25, 2015
In the end, people land roles depending on the amount of talent that they possess.