Show creator Shonda Rhimes recently spoke to a room full of television execs during the National Association of Broadcasters luncheon, which honored diversity. During her speech, Rhimes said that she wants to move past the conversations surrounding diversity in the media.
According to Salon online, the Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Grey's Anatomy executive producer is urging the media needs to stop deeming diversity in television different or abnormal.
"Everyone makes a big deal about how I broke all these barriers in terms of diversity, so I know that I have to talk about it," said Rhimes.
Rhimes, who's taken over Thursday nights with her 'Thank God It's Thursday' television line-up, is making these remarks after Deadline's controversial article.
"In Shondaland, our shows look like how the world looks. Everyone can see themselves when they turn on the TV on Thursday nights on ABC. To me that was not some difficult brave special decision I made. It was a human one, because I am a human."
Due to the fact that Rhimes' shows acknowledge racial, sexual and cultural differences in America, the show creator believes that the media should portray everyone around the world.
"This is not the Jim Crow south. We're not ignorant, so why wouldn't we [cast that way]? 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."
Earlier this month Deadline co-editor-in-chief Nellie Andreeva received a lot of backlash for the column: Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings, a post that suggested that too much of minority castings could be a bad thing.
While Andreeva has since apologized, some readers, including celebrities, are extremely insulted and believe that the article was ignorant and racist.