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Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine for Lack of Diversity at Photo Shoot

Ellen Pompeo Calls Out Magazine for Lack of Diversity at Photo Shoot

Ellen Pompeo is speaking out about the importance of creating diverse work environments and she did it while in the middle of a photo shoot for a magazine.

The Grey’s Anatomy actress participated in a roundtable discussion with Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, and Emma Roberts for Porter magazine’s Women in Television issue.

“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But, I don’t see enough color,” Ellen said in the middle of the discussion. “And I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today. And I had a meeting with a director of another endorsement project that I’m doing.”

“I said, when I show up on set, I would like to see the crew look like the world that I walk around in every day. And I think it’s up to all productions to make sure that your crew looks like the world we see,” Ellen continued. “As caucasian people, it’s our job, it’s our task, it’s our responsibility to make sure that we speak up in every single room we walk into. That this is not OK and that we can all do better. It’s our job because we’ve created the problem.”

Gabrielle and Gina said this is also something they noticed, but they would never have brought it up while in the room as they didn’t want to appear ungrateful.

Ellen then added, “That’s why it is my job. That’s why I say we bear the burden, because they don’t feel comfortable to speak up, and I’m happy to take it on in any room at any time.”

The moment begins at 16:25 in the video here.

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  • Colleen Fay

    Wow I am disappointed in her. She does not even know these people before judging them and making them feel bad about working and having a job. Maybe they got the job based on their hard work. She should leave the hiring of someone’s company to that company’s HR team. I don’t care what your race, religion, or political affiliation is, if you are a hard honest working man or femaleI will fight for you to be on my team.

  • Ausangel01

    So you want people to lose their jobs just because you want more ‘diversity” on each photo shoot and set? What if the people there were the best and actually deserved to be there, does that not count for anything?

    And I guess you and Gina will be giving back the money they paid you right?!?