Shonda Rhimes Blasts 'Ignorant' Deadline Article, Hollywood Explodes with Rage
Shonda Rhimes took to her Twitter account on Tuesday night (March 24) to blast an article posted by Deadline as it suggested that the surge of ethnic casting on television was “too much of a good thing.”
The article quickly was put on blast by Hollywood heavyweights after it stated that 50% of the roles in pilots these days have to be ethnic despite African-Americans only representing 13% of the U.S. population.
The article also suggested that “the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction” after years of there being very few roles for non-Caucasian actors.
Shonda, the creator of such smash hit shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder, previously slammed the New York Times after the paper’s critic called her an “angry black woman.”
WHAT DO YOU THINK of the Deadline article?
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
Click inside to read more tweets from Hollywood insiders about the article…
Did the Deadline article say anything about whether or not Chappie was black?
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 25, 2015
Oh #deadline, if you think Hollywood is getting too diverse, there’s always Woody Allen movies.
— Ben Schwartz (@benschwartzy) March 25, 2015
Deadline be cray.
— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) March 25, 2015
Tomorrow on Deadline Hollywood: "Enough Funny Jews, Already!"
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) 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
.@Deadline 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
So Deadline saw white and gold, yes?
— Toby Herman (@tobyherman27) March 25, 2015
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) March 25, 2015