BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Creator of Black-ish, Kenya Barris was questioned about the makeup of the audience of his show (because of the mostly black cast) at the Television Critics Association summer tour last Thursday.
He explained that it was worrisome to him to always have to talk about diversity especially with Black-ish.
He said, “I will be so happy when diversity is not a word. I have the best job in the world and I am constantly having to talk about diversity. I have the best actors. It’s ridiculous. We’re in a time when everything is about black and white, and this and that. We get opportunities and we are happy to be the people who can step up and say, ‘We can do this.’ But these are amazing actors. It doesn’t matter who is watching our show. The fact is that they’re watching it.”
He also mentioned that talking about diversity gets tiring as he gets asked about it nearly every time. “I feel like every question at every panel … I’m so tired of talking about diversity. These are amazing, talented actors and amazing writers who give their all … and it’s clouding the conversation,” he said.
One of the stars of the show, Tracee Ellis Ross also commented that asking about diversity in situations like that only tended to steer the conversation in an off course.