When it comes to speaking her mind, Shonda Rhimes does not hold back.
The creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy took to Twitter on Tuesday night to slam an article written by Deadline called, “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?”
“1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse,” she wrote. “2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered.”
In the article, columnist Nellie Andreeva suggested that not only were this year’s roles were off-limits for Caucasian actors because they were designated for minority actors, but that the “pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction.”
“Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal,” she wrote. “Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered.”
Andreeva also suggested that because “African-Americans still represent only 13% of the U.S. population” the “growth in that fraction of the TV audience might have reached its peak” after the success of shows like Empire, Black-ish, Scandal and HTGAWM.
The article concluded with this thought: “Since broadcast TV is a historically reactive business, that will determine whether the trend of ethnic casting will come back with a vengeance next season.”
Read the full article here.
Tiffany Haddish’s Hilarious Speech At Model Chanel Iman’s Wedding
Tiffany Haddish is one helluva lively and colorful human; so it’s not exactly shocking that she turned what would be considered a traditional wedding speech into a whelp … Haddish speech.
Just one night before hilariously taking the stage at the Oscars alongside Maya Rudolph, the Girls Trip star delivered an epic speech at the wedding of model, Chanel Iman, and New York Giant star, Sterling Shepard.
Although giving a seemingly witty speech, she also made an appoint to talk about how special her relationship was with Chanel, whom she met on the set of Mad Families. “I knew you could take care of any man you decided to take care of and I’m glad you decided to take care of that one cause I can see his soul,” Tiffany said, according to Brides.com.
The actress continued, “I looked into his eyeballs when you brought him to the comedy club. That’s a good man….[To Sterling] You better worship the ground she walk on cause she’s got a gangster ass bitch that got her back. Sorry, pastor!”
Haddish then went on to give some important advice. “Make sure y’all have fun together,” she said. “I ain’t that old, but I’m old, but I ain’t that old. But I’ve seen things. From my observation, the relationships that last the longest are the relationships where you have fun. You are going to have your ups and your downs, but find time to have fun.”
According to Chanel, the two grew close on set, mainly because they wound up sharing a trailer together. “During filming, I didn’t have a trailer so she was kind enough to share hers with me,” Chanel told Brides.com. “So for a month, we were sharing a trailer and going over lines together. We laughed, we cried, we bonded. She’s like a big sister to me.”
Chanel and Sterling exchanged vows in front of their close family and friends on March 3 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Check out the video below for behind the scenes of the main event. (Courtesy: Brides.com)
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