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Shonda Rhimes blasts 'ignorant' article on TV diversity

OUTSPOKEN: Shonda Rhimes

SCANDAL CREATOR Shonda Rhimes has blasted an article claiming TV had become too ethnically diverse.

"Article is so ignorant I can't even be bothered," Rhimes wrote on her personal Twitter page this morning (March 25) in response to a piece written on Deadline magazine.

The article, by TV editor Nellie Andreeva, ran with the headline: ‘Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing’

In the piece, Andreeva suggested that the recent trend and success of television shows with ethnically diverse casts was at the cost of white roles.

The article caught the attention of acclaimed screenwriter Rhimes, who wrote: “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.”

Her response was retweeted by Selma director Ava DuVernay in agreement.

Andreeva identified that African-Americans made up 13 per cent of the population and were previously underserved. She went on to suggest “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.”

The full article, which was posted on Tuesday evening (March 24), has been met with streams of criticisms from both members of social media and other television journalists.

The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, called it “the grossest possible reaction to a breakthrough TV year.”

Dave Itzkoff, a contributor for The New York Times, added" “Just astounding that something so tone deaf could be published in 2015 by a supposedly credible news source.”

While Huffington Post TV critic Mo Ryan wrote: “Horrible Deadline article, you’ve left me no choice. I must go FULL FACEPALM, from ALL of Star Trek! Happy now??! “

Andreeva is yet to address the criticisms.

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