Shonda Rhimes on her DGA Diversity Award

Shonda Rhimes on her DGA Diversity Award

Everybody loves “Scandal.”

Shonda Rhimes, the powerful and connected Executive Producer behind the show, who has also spawned “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and other hit programs, doesn’t seem pleased as punch, however.  Her point of contention isn’t that she didn’t deserve the award, or that “Scandal” isn’t a great show; it’s that there shouldn’t be a need for the award at all.

This is great, but naiive, especially in a day and age when we have a black President, but who stays as far away from minority rights issues as he possibly can, while doing as little as possible to advance the middle class, much less the working poor in America. Yes, Ms. Rhimes has a point, and she’s correct that Hollywood is as much an Old White Boys’ network run by who knows whom and who likes or is dating whomever, but so is the rest of the country and probably world.

It’s not what you can do, but who you know who is willing to give you the opportunity, Rhimes points out in the linked to piece. And she’s not incorrect. It’s just that yes, we know, and what are you going to do about it, other than complain that it’s not right? If anyone is in a position to change things for the better for minorities (especially in Hollywood) it would be Rhimes. But we’ll see, maybe griping about the problem is more fun than actually trying to make it better.

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes (Photo credit: geekchic89)