What happens when TV writers' rooms are all white





- Mentions the “Shonda Effect" and more diversity in cast in different, but behind the scenes everything remains super white (except in Shonda's shows);

- A Writers’ Guild of America report (click to read) noted that staff employment for people of color actually decreased between the 2011–12 season and 2013–14 season, from a peak of 15.6 percent to 13.7 percent;

- There are diversity programs/fellowships to include PoC on the staff, but wether you got in through a program or not, there's always the challenge of being the only writer of color in the room;

In one writers’ room, Aniobi recalled, her fellow writers had a black character greeting other characters, “What up, D? What up, B?” “I spoke up, and I was like, ‘Uh, I don’t think this character would say that.’ And everyone turned and looked at me, and I was like, ‘Black people don’t talk like that.’ ” She recalled everyone in the room laughed, and asked, “Well, how do they talk?” “And I was like, ‘Oddly enough, just like me or you.’ ”

This video shows what happens when you have white people writing non-white characters.

This is what happens when writers' rooms aren't diverse. (Even the biggest TV shows aren't immune to these stereotypes. cc New Girl, Modern Family, The Walking Dead.) More: http://slate.me/1ZRQQVc

Posted by Slate.com on Monday, October 19, 2015


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The whole article is a bit long, but so worth a read!

mods, this story is from Monday/Tuesday, I don't have anything more recent :/