The Scandal creator says such an award shouldn't be necessary.
Winning an award is usually a cause for celebration, but Shonda Rhimes isn't having any of it. The television titan, who has created such hit shows as Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, was given the Director's Guild of America Diversity Award along with her partner, Betsy Beers, over the weekend, but the honor caused more anger than pride.
“When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored ... but I was also a little pissed off,” Rhimes said, according to EW. “So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”
She adds, “We’re a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award. Like, there’s such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award.”
Rhimes, of course, has single-handedly knocked down many barriers for minorities in the television industry, including putting the first Black woman, Kerry Washington, at the center of a prime-time series since the 1970s.
Hopefully others in the industry will follow her example of diversifying the airwaves, both in front of and behind the camera.
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