Shonda Rhimes has mixed feelings about the Diversity Award she received at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday. During her acceptance speech, the “Scandal” mastermind questioned the need for diversity award and said she was a “little pissed off” about it.
“When I heard I was getting an award I was really, truly, profoundly honored,” she said of the award which was also presented to her producing partner, Betsy Beers. “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. So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”
The proud mother of three went on to say that she’s “being applauded and given an award for something that we should all be doing.”
“There shouldn’t need to be an award,” she explained. “Betsy and I are truly honored and humbled that the DGA would thank our efforts…We’re also proud that the DGA recognizes a problem and are trying to fix it.”
“Diversity is not an effort or an initiative,” she concluded to a standing ovation. “Don’t have summits or meetings. Just start hiring people!”
Well said, Shonda!