‘Killing Eve’ Faces Backlash for Lack of Diversity in Writers’ Room https://t.co/x9BUHnNTuI— Variety (@Variety) June 13, 2020
Killing Eve is once again facing backlash, this time over its lack of diversity in its writers room. Eyebrows were raised on Friday night after one of the series’ writers, Kayleigh Llewellyn, tweeted a now-deleted post showing a screenshot of a Zoom call between the show’s writers.
“15 weeks later, it’s the final day of the Killing Eve writers room,” wrote Llewellyn. The image showed nine individuals — a group that is predominantly female, but all white — raising a glass to the camera. Basically, the show had more male writers than writers of color (on a show about a bisexual Asian woman).
Fans, who have been calling out KE for weeks for sidelining star Sandra Oh were joined by blue check Twitter stars like Matthew A. Cherry, Tom and Lorenzo, Carly Usdin, Variety tv critic Caroline Darya Framke and E. Alex Jung.
imagine thinking screenshots aren’t forever pic.twitter.com/jbX0DRK72v— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) June 12, 2020
Variety's independent research on KE's writing credits shows a complete lack of writers of color across all seasons, which has 16 writers including executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and author Luke Jennings.
The beauty of series like Never Have I Ever are the sprinkles of authenticity in the writing - like your Indian mum “adjusting the spices” when a friend came over.— Megha Mohan (@meghamohan) June 13, 2020
I could never pinpoint what felt slightly off about Sandra Oh’s character in Killing Eve until I saw this pic. pic.twitter.com/OCsaH2HL4E
this tumblr post perfectly explains why that photo of the ke writers room was so harmful. i know it’s a little long but please read it. sandra/eve being cast aside this past season is definitely the worst thing that has ever happened to this show pic.twitter.com/UhpqoC4tot— charlotte | BLM•ACAB (@lovesilkes) June 13, 2020
Sandra Oh basically got used as the diverse shoe to get through the door then dropped once the killing Eve fandom proved they could move forward without care about Samdra’s character. This is the writers’ and the fandom’s fault.— Black Velma (@ExTeenageRobot) June 13, 2020
killing eve fandom didn’t care about this problem until someone outside of fandom pointed out. KE already showed their lack of diversity with their writing and it has been called out but all they did was praise the show and justified writers decision of erasing sandra oh.— Blërg (@blergatory) June 13, 2020
imagine having a talent like sandra oh at your disposal, giving her the lead role and then having the audacity to slyly diminish her character and reduce her to a supporting character in a show that is named after her character....HOW DARE YOU @KillingEve— monrita (@saralikeprada) June 13, 2020
This season, the show lacked creativity, and you can clearly tell that this show is told from a white point if view. The lead character keeps getting the short end of the stick while the white characters are given better story points. I feel bad for Sandra Oh! #KillingEve https://t.co/SLBeUNvUzo— Agambir Bajwa (@AgambirBajwa) June 13, 2020
sandra oh has been in this industry for over two decades, has more than earned her stripes and accolades yet here we are BEGGING for proper writing and more screen time in her OWN show....when i say racism pic.twitter.com/yd6FrcvrGE— monrita (@saralikeprada) June 13, 2020
it actually makes me so upset that eve’s character was just like.. dropped.. and now with this all white writers room business ESPECIALLY with this interview in mind pic.twitter.com/tyfBzuCREB— sonny! (@villancohmer) June 13, 2020
the audacity to have an ASIAN lead... an ICONIC asian actress whose rise to fame was from her performance on an insanely popular show written by a BLACK woman...— miya kodama (@_buttstallion) June 13, 2020
for a show whose writers room is all white? @killingeve you see... how this is weird, right? how that's off, right? https://t.co/croDcvrWEA
du know how many writers i know in this room? the next cool generation + they don’t seem to give one fuck 😓 (i retweet not to stir - i know the exec v.well - im just tired of people pretending they care to ur face) https://t.co/6pkVxSapd0— Dela-who...? (@Rachel_Delahay) June 13, 2020
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