Grey’s Anatomy’s Jason George Sounds Off on Shonda and Diversity
One of our favorite things about Grey’s Anatomy is the show’s commitment to diversity — and we’re so happy it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves lately. Although a lot of elements of Grey’s aren’t exactly realistic (and to be honest, that’s why we love the show so much), the casting is. Have you ever seen a hospital staff made up of only one race?
Recently, Jason George — who you may know better as Bailey’s husband, Ben — spoke out about creator Shonda Rhimes’s efforts to bring diversity into her shows and how it’s changing the face of television, especially when it comes to the way minorities are portrayed.
“You get to a point where Don Cheadle can do House of Lies where he’s kind of a bastard — but it’s a fun bastard,” Jason told NPR. “We’re allowed to be full human beings now on television, not just representing an entire community.”
And now that there are more minorities on TV, networks can see for themselves that they, too, bring in the viewers, and then everybody wins.
“At the end of the day, television sees green,” Jason continued. “If you see the green, they will make it happen. But you got to show it to them.”
Which is exactly what Shonda has been doing — and we’d call her efforts pretty successful.
“Scandalhas a black lead who’s having an interracial romance,” Jason said. “And it’s the hottest show on television right now.”
What do you think — is the face of TV changing when it comes to diversity? Let us know below!