Ellen Pompeo Speaks Out Against Emmys Lack of Diversity & We've Gotta Agree
Adam Klugman isn't the only one pissed at last night's Emmy Awards: He's got the Grey in Grey's Anatomy joining his side when it comes to day-after deriding. Ellen Pompeo was not pleased with this year's Emmys, and she's citing a lack of diversity as the show's core problem.
"I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me," Pompeo said in an interview on Monday "... That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?" She described herself as "really disappointed" with the broadcast itself.
While the dance number in question was surely one of the most enjoyable moments of an overall drab ceremony, Pompeo does have a point. It's refreshing to see more actors calling for increased representation in their business, and it makes sense for Pompeo to be someone who'd have an eye out for that: She may not be a person of color herself, but she's been working on a show for ten years that heavily features several of the past decade's best characters of color.
She even commented on that when commenting on how the Emmys could step it up, saying "I'm extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast which represents the world that I walk around in every day."
Bam. There it is.
Truth bombs from the Grey's cast. And let's be real, if anyone's seen first-hand the benefits of a diverse cast (not to mention a diverse off-screen life), it's Pompeo. Kerry Washington didn't end up making history by winning
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series — another show, not uncoincidentally run by Shonda Rhimes, that almost effortlessly features a wide range of characters of color in key roles — so that sucked a bit of the diversity spotlight out of the evening despite her moment onstage with the legendary Diahann Carroll.
But really, do we want to be living in a world where the lack of one moment topples an entire night's hope for representation? Pompeo says no, and we have to agree.