‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Tired of Hollywood’s Diversity Conversation

Black-ish tired of diversity talkBlack-ish creator Kenya Barris is tired of answering your diversity questions.

“I will be so happy when diversity is not a word,” the 41-year-old writer/executive producer told press during the recent Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, which he and the entire cast attended. He worries that the diversity convo is becoming the most talked about aspect of the series, instead of audiences focusing on how relatable the family is as a whole.

When a reporter asked him what percentage of the show’s audience is black, Barris had this to say, according to Variety:

It doesn’t matter who’s watching our show. The fact is that they’re watching it. And I feel like every question at every panel … I get so tired of talking about diversity. These are amazing, talented actors and amazing writers who give their all and they don’t have to do this. It’s crowding the conversation.”

He continued, explaining he just wants the show to be seen as a “good family show”, period.

“We always have to box everything in. Isn’t it just a good family show? It’s specifically about a black family. We’re not denying that. But don’t you see yourself in it? Don’t you see your family in it? … Why is that important, who watched the show? Why does it matter? Why do we keep having to have these conversations?”

Series star Tracee Ellis Ross also chimed in, asking the reporter, “Is that a question that you’ve asked other shows that are not predominately of a certain color?”

“Not necessarily,” the reporter answered.

“Those questions continue the conversation in a direction that does not help the conversation,” Ross replied.

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