Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo set social media on fire after she called out Porter magazine for not having a diverse staff.
While many people took to social media cheering her on, others weren't so willing to overlook controversial comments Pompeo made in the past.
The controversial conversation took place during a roundtable for Porter's annual "Women in Television" issue. Pompeo complained about the lack of inclusion found at the roundtable's taping.
"This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room, but, I don’t see enough color. And I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today,” she said.
ellen pompeo SNAPPED pic.twitter.com/CUjIchreUW— izabelle (@meredithsgrwy) November 16, 2018
The Root columnist Monique Judge took to social media recounting a run-in she had with Pompeo on social media.
Two years ago, Ellen Pompeo started an argument with me on Twitter and told me that she experiences racism because her husband and children are black and also because someone called her a white bitch. She also ignored black women who tried to explain to her why she was wrong.— Auntie Monique (@thejournalista) November 20, 2018
So you will forgive me for not being impressed by this latest stunt.— Auntie Monique (@thejournalista) November 20, 2018
She said reverse racism was a thing. I'm not making this up. pic.twitter.com/tiD8ksUpYn— Auntie Monique (@thejournalista) November 20, 2018
Errbody out here cheering her on and I’m just like pic.twitter.com/zWuSCWm78A— BeyonShé (@ShayLoRain8891) November 20, 2018
It’s great that Ellen Pompeo said what she said. But why does everyone lose their minds and jump for joy every time a white person shows that they are a decent human?— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) November 20, 2018
She didn’t say anything that many women of color haven’t said before. Things like this should be an expectation. https://t.co/6iPsmhdzB0
Ellen Pompeo has a history of general white woman awfulness and people are doing thread and caping? Could never be me— Lady Jade (@divanificent) November 20, 2018
Ellen Pompeo also said there was no longer a need for HBCUs because they were dividing people and she knew she was right because her black husband agreed with her.— La (@Ladidahdi) November 20, 2018
So Ima pass.
Just a reminder that Ellen Pompeo literally attacked a black teenager because the teenager respectfully made a good point about the use of black emojis by white ppl is offensive and then all the pomegranate fans started harassing the teenager.... but this is your new queen? 👀 pic.twitter.com/QSoMJVKQ4V— Steph (@WestonFollower) November 20, 2018
For the record, Ellen Pompeo still hasn’t deleted this tweet from 2 years ago wherein she tried to situate herself as a victim of racism. I was one of many who called her out. The “Listen to Black Women” chapter of my book #HowToBeLessStupidAboutRace was partly inspired by her 🤷🏽♀️ https://t.co/niTBRCoDPa— Crystal Marie Fleming (@alwaystheself) November 21, 2018
But she said HBCUs weren’t necessary bc there’s “too much separation of the races.” And when she caught backlash for using black emojis she kept bringing up her black husband to absolve herself from critique. The North remembers. https://t.co/EZgmvaelfK— Bené (@beneviera) November 20, 2018
What say you? Should Ellen Pompeo be considered an ally, or are her missteps too severe to look past? Let us know in the comment section below.
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