If you’re a lover of dramatic television shows with rich, fully developed, and well thought out characters then you probably a fan of writer and showrunner Shonda Rhimes. Her shows have garnered worldwide fame and adoration for providing complex plots with fully realized characterization for shows like ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and more recently Scandal.
Rhimes is known for having a very honest and somewhat blunt response to fan questions and today was no different. A fan asked on twitter why she has so many LGBT characters on her shows:
RT @yvonneh48 love your shows but why all the gay and lesbian story lines?
And being as classy as always, Rhimes felt that the fan’s question that can be perceived as condescending and took to her Whosay account via twitter to fully address the question:
just got asked “WHY ALL THE GAYS ON MY TV SHOWS?” Okay, here’s my answer:
Because I believe everyone should get to see themselves reflected on TV. EVERYONE. And because I love all my gay and lesbian friends. AND because I think same-sex marriage is the civil rights fight of our era and back when being a person of color was the civil rights fight, people like Norman Lear put black people on TV and helped change some minds. So you know, it’s gotta be paid forward. As long as we are willing to sit by while one person is not free, none of us are free. And FINALLY: because as long as someone feels like it is okay to ask the question “why all the gay people on your shows”, then there is still a HUGE problem that needs to be solved. It’s like asking “Why all the black people on your shows”. (Which is, in fact, why there are also a lot of people of color on my shows . Cause people keep asking. Like it’s unusual. Which means we have a LONG way to go). Okay, done preaching.
This is such an amazing and honest answer to such a jarring question. I wish more writers and showrunners showed this much depth and insight as to why it’s important to have a diverse group on a show. Keep being classy Rhimes.