We’re SO glad Kerry Washington is bringing attention to this crisis in Hollywood!
According to the actress, who was also joined by comedian Aziz Ansari for the talk, she lost a few acting roles due to hurtful stereotypes perpetuated by Hollywood.
The beauty even went on to confess that she was “fired” for not sounding “hood” enough.
The 39-year-old recalled:
“Before Scandal, I was actually cast in two other pilots. Both went to series, but I was fired and recast. For both, it was because they wanted me to sound more ├óΓé¼╦£girlfriend,’ more like ├óΓé¼╦£hood,’ more ├óΓé¼╦£urban’.”
Ugh, how disgusting!
Thankfully Shonda Rhimes was there to save the day — the producer is all about providing deep and meaningful roles to people of color AND to members the LGBT community!
Not only has K.W. herself experienced a lack of respect in Tinseltown, but unfortunately so have her gay friends:
“I’ve had friends of mine say they’re tired of ├óΓé¼╦£gayface’ and I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£What’s gayface?’ They were like, ├óΓé¼╦£It’s the gay version of blackface. Like, come in and be more effeminate.'”
Wow! It’s clear there’s still so much work to be done on these issues. At least Ms. Washington and Ansari are doing their best to bring up change by participating in these talks — not to mention Ansari’s VERY diverse show Master of None just won a Peabody Award!
Woot! Way to do your part, guys!
You can watch Kerry and Aziz’s enlightening convo in full (below)!