Ellen who plays my beloved Meredith Grey on Greys Anatomy came forward in an interview yesterday and talked about how the Emmys seemed pretty racist and old to her.
“I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all,” the actress, 43, said in an interview on Monday, Sept. 23, one day after the telecast. “The Emmys felt so dated to me…That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?”
(Sunday’s show actually featured two dance numbers — one with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Sarah Silverman, and the Emmys Gold Dancers; and one choreographed by the nominees for Best Choreography. The latter featured interpretative dancing for several nominated shows, including Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, American Horror Story, and The Big Bang Theory.)
Pompeo went on to say that, unlike the Emmys, Grey’s Anatomy prides itself on having a diverse ensemble of stars including Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens, Sara Ramirez, and Gaius Charles.
“I’m extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast, which represents the world that I walk around in every day,” she said of the five-time Emmy-winning drama.
She has a point. When they did a wide audience shot I even commented to my family watching, ‘it looks like a sea of white’. Which is depressing. And so not representative of very talented people of color. Kerry Washington was nominated at least, I think she should have won.. but that is beside the point. The point is people are making a big deal about Kerry Washington because she is the first lead character played by a black woman on TV like, EVER. And we’re in 2013. That is insane, and it needs to change. I’m not saying just go around hiring people because of their skin color. There are talented people ! LOTS of them! Use them instead of people like talentless Blake Lively. Sorry, I’m not sorry.