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Shonda Rhimes Angry Over Diversity Award?

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By Clare Morris, Christian Post Contributor
January 28, 2014|3:08 pm

This past Saturday Shonda Rhimes, creator of "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," and "Scandal" and her partner Betsy Beers were awarded the Diversity Award by the Directors Guild of America. Rhimes was grateful for the award, but had some things to say that weren't entirely positive.

According to TV Guide, at the awards ceremony Rhimes said that this award caused her some anger.

"When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored. I began to get calls from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, etc., and I was asked to comment on the award. Asked how good I felt about the award. Asked if it made me feel like I was doing the right thing. Asked if it had been a struggle making diversity happen on my cast and crews. While I'm still really and truly profoundly honored to receive this award, but I was also a little pissed off," Rhimes said.

Rhimes went on to explain the source of her anger.

"We're a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award. Like, there's such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award," she said.

Despite her anger, Rhimes was sure to explain that she and Beers were grateful for the award.

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"Betsy and I are truly honored and humbled that the DGA would thank our efforts. And yes, we're a tiny bit pissed off that there needs to be an award," Rhimes said. "We're also proud that the DGA recognizes a problem and are trying to fix it. The DGA, by the way, is the only Guild giving out this type of award in an attempt to draw attention to the problem," Rhimes said, according to TV Gudie.

 

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