During a speech at the National Association of Broadcasters event on April 13, writer and director Shonda Rhimes expressed her frustration around people constantly questioning and discussing her choice to diversify the casts of her shows.
In Shondaland, our shows look like how the world looks. …To me, that was not some difficult, brave, special decision I made. It was a human one. Because I am a human. It wasn’t something we had to bravely fight for. … This is not the Jim Crow south. We’re not ignorant. So why wouldn’t we do that? I still can’t believe I get asked about it all the time as if being normal, TV looking like the normal world, is an innovation. … You’d think people would be embarrassed to ask the question in the 21st century. Write about the people asking the questions because I’m busy talking about something else, writing about something else.
See full speech above.