Actress Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy fame isn’t looking to make friends. She’s looking to make change, and sometimes that means calling out inequality when you see it.
During a video shoot to discuss the wage gap in Hollywood, Pompeo took a moment to call out the very magazine responsible for the shoot.
Pompeo was joined by actresses Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts and Gina Rodriquez for Net-A-Porter‘s annual “Women in Television” issue. In the middle of the discussion, Pompeo began discussing the role that caucasian people need to take to be effective allies.
Then, taking her own advice, Ellen Pompeo seemed to surprise everyone in the room when she said:
“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room but, I don’t see enough color. And I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today.”
She then added:
“I think it’s up to all productions to make sure that your crew looks like the world we see.”
Pompeo went on to say:
“As caucasian people, it’s our job, it’s our task, it’s our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into. It’s our job because we created the problem.”
And that’s how that went.
Watch the video here.
Twitter was quick to agree!
“As caucasian people, it’s our job, it’s our task, it’s our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into. … It’s our job, because 👏we’ve 👏 created 👏 the 👏 problem.”
Harris-Pompeo 2020, tbqh https://t.co/6cBQ2ODlsP
— Robbie Couch (@robbie_couch) November 20, 2018
1) White people sometimes ask me how they can be an ally. @EllenPompeo puts on a master class in how to be one.
2) @itsgabrielleu’s facial expressions are a whole ass mood.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 20, 2018
You know you are doing something right when acclaimed author Roxane Gay chimes in.
I hope someone makes a gif of @itsgabrielleu here. All of this is great.
— roxane gay (@rgay) November 20, 2018
Pompeo may have earned a new viewer.
I might start watching Grey's Anatomy now…how many seasons am I behind???
— gb8200© (@gb8200) November 20, 2018
Once people got over the surprise of it all, her words were greatly appreciated.
“Because we created the problem” pic.twitter.com/F6btzTZZQD
— 🇯🇲 Farda Kenchii (@eltio_89) November 20, 2018
That's the part that's filled with the Holy Ghost!🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
— Tori S. Dixon,MS,LPC (@GraciouslyTori) November 20, 2018
This is the 1st white person I've seen do this. I'm not saying it hasn't been done before, what I'm saying is she's the 1st white person I've seen stand for what is right in this way.
— Diamond Cut (@DiamondCut2017) November 20, 2018
That is the first time in my life I have heard that. 🙂 that's why people are still watching greys anatomy.. Powerful
— Leonless m. Kornegay (@MLeonless) November 20, 2018
Love ALL of this
— Cari Champion (@CariChampion) November 20, 2018
Give Shonda her own Netflix talk show and put the two of you full time on a panel and shut down Netflix forever because there wouldn’t need to be any more new content.
— Harrison Goo (@sportsgooru) November 20, 2018
When she said “…because we created the problem” is when I lost it.
— Sarah Jones (@JonesySarah) November 20, 2018
Words of support and inclusion are great, but we also need actions.