Shonda Rhimes: I’ll Tell You Why I Have “All the Gays on My TV Shows”
We pretty much love everything that comes out of Grey's Anatomycreator Shonda Rhimes’s mouth (or keyboard), and her latest comment is no exception. When a fan asked Shonda why she had so many gay and lesbian characters on her TV shows (in addition to Grey’s, Shonda produced Scandal, Private Practice, and the short-lived Off the Map), Shonda had a lot to say.
Her response is actually worthy of a standalone missive about promoting diversity — among genders, races, and sexual preferences — that we wish all TV producers would jump on board with.
“Because I believe everyone should get to see themselves reflected on TV. EVERYONE,” Shonda begins. She goes on:
“And because I love all my gay and lesbian friends. AND because I think same-sex marriage is the civil rights fight of our era and back when being a person of color was the civil rights fight, people like Norman Lear put black people on TV and helped change some minds. So you know, it's gotta be paid forward. As long as we are willing to sit by while one person is not free, none of us are free.”
Shonda also took issue with the fan who asked the question in the first place. She says that the mere fact that someone thinks it’s OK to ask that kind of question is proof that there is still “a HUGE problem that needs to be solved.”
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Catch the next new episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, December 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT onABC.