Once again, a writer has incurred the wrath of television queen Shonda Rhimes—and as before, Rhimes has plenty of reason to be furious.
Deadline posted an article Tuesday evening by Nellie Andreeva, titled “TV Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings—About Time or Too Much of a Good Thing.” The piece starts off okay, with a casting agent noting that more roles for nonwhite actors is a positive development (duh): “I can pitch any actor for any role, and I think that’s good.”
Instead of stopping there, noting the long-awaited progress we’re finally seeing in TV casts, Andreeva comes in with a “but”: Caucasian actors are getting passed over for roles, with casting directors giving them to ethnic actors instead. Further, some parts written as white are being changed to a different race if a talented, high-caliber ethnic actor shows interest. And… the problem is? We’ll let Rhimes take it from here:
She’s not alone in her outrage, of course. Here are some other industry reactions, giving us hope that some people out there are still sane: