Coalition of Advocacy Groups Condemns "Patently Offensive" Deadline Article

A screengrab of the Deadline story

Shonda Rhimes is among the public figures who had previously denounced the site's March 24 piece.

A group of advocacy organizations is criticizing Deadline for its recent article on diversity in Hollywood.

The coalition, consisting of the American Indians in Film and Television, Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, NAACP Hollywood Bureau and National Hispanic Media Coalition, has slammed the site's March 24 article, which suggested that the industry has suddenly become too focused on shows centering on nonwhite characters.

In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, the Multi-Ethnic Coalition calls the story "patently offensive." It also suggests that Deadline hire more staff members of color, and it also asks that Hollywood talent agencies meet with the group to discuss ways of better representing actors of color. 

Many prominent members of the media have spoken out about the article, including Shonda Rhimes, who tweeted Tuesday: "1st Reaction: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse! 2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can't even be bothered."

The coalition's statement can be read below.

Shame on Deadline for giving a platform to the prejudices of a few Hollywood agents who, under the cloak of anonymity, revealed themselves to be among the entertainment industry gatekeepers reluctant to change their unfair and exclusionary practices and make way for progress.

The inaccuracies and misconceptions the article put forth are patently offensive and reflect a larger problem of persisting racial and ethnic bias in the entertainment industry.

Genuine progress in diversity on television is an extremely recent phenomenon and we applaud recent steps to diversify television in front and behind the camera. For full inclusion to happen, however, the entire industry's discriminatory business model that has historically pushed out people of color needs to change.

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