Ellen Pompeo believes it is the responsibility of Caucasian people to empower ethnic diversity.
The “Grey’s Anatomy” star spoke out during a roundtable for Net-A-Porter featuring Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, and Emma Roberts.
“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But I don’t see enough colour,” Pompeo challenged the magazine’s set. “I didn’t see enough colour when I walked in the room today.”
“I had a meeting with a director of another endorsement project that I’m doing where I said, ‘You know, when I show up on set, I would like to see the crew look like the world that I walk around in every day,’” she explained “I think it’s up to all productions to make sure that your crew looks like the world we see.”
As far as Pompeo is concerned, Caucasian people have a duty to people of colour. “As Caucasian people, it’s our job. It’s our task,” the 49-year-old actress expressed. “It’s our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into [and say] this is not ok and that we can all do better. It’s our job. We’ve created the problem.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” is currently in its 15th season.