“1st Reaction: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse!” the Grey’s Anatomy creator tweeted. “2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered.”
In seven hours, Rhimes’ tweet was favorited 1,110 times and retweeted 751 times.
The executive producer of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder took to Twitter Tuesday night to condemn the controversial Deadline column, “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?” The Golden Globe winner, like many stars, was outraged by columnist Nellie Andreeva’s argument that TV casting has become too ethnically diverse.
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 Andreeva’s article, published Tuesday, she wrote, “Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal. Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered.” Andreeva also angered readers when she wrote that African-Americans “represent only 13 percent of the U.S. population. They were grossly underserved, but now, with shows as Empire, Black-ish, Scandal and HTGAWM on broadcast, Tyler Perry’s fare on OWN and Mara Brock Akil’s series on BET, they have scripted choices, so the growth in that fraction of the TV audience might have reached its peak.”
Many actors, comedians, journalists and screenwriters joined Rhimes in denouncing Deadline’s article via Twitter:
[email protected] You are literally creating the problem when you label TV a white person’s medium and suggest non-whites are a trend. — Matt Wallace (@MattFnWallace) March 25, 2015
Horrible Deadline article, you’ve left me no choice. I must go FULL FACEPALM, from ALL of Star Trek! Happy now??! pic.twitter.com/HC3FEY5CTW — Mo Ryan (@moryan) March 25, 2015
So hard out there for white actors these days! I’m sobbing! http://t.co/hf1yyf7Sk2 pic.twitter.com/N977dX5sZq — Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) March 25, 2015
Did the Deadline article say anything about whether or not Chappie was black?
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 25, 2015