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Shonda Rhimes Slams ‘Deadline’ For “Ignorant” Article



When it comes to speaking her mind, Shonda Rhimes does not hold back.

The creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy took to Twitter on Tuesday night to slam an article written by Deadline called, “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?”

“1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse,” she wrote. “2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered.”

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In the article, columnist Nellie Andreeva suggested that not only were this year’s roles were off-limits for Caucasian actors because they were designated for minority actors, but that the “pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction.”

“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,” she wrote. “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 suggested that because “African-Americans still represent only 13% of the U.S. population” the “growth in that fraction of the TV audience might have reached its peak” after the success of shows like Empire, Black-ish, Scandal and HTGAWM. 

The article concluded with this thought: “Since broadcast TV is a historically reactive business, that will determine whether the trend of ethnic casting will come back with a vengeance next season.”

Read the full article here.

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