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Shonda Rhimes: “Normalization” is the new “Diversity”

I really hate the word ‘diversity.’ It is just something other. Something special, like it’s rare.”


Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, accepting the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality award. “It’s diversity…as if there is something unusual about telling stories about women or people of color or LGBT characters on TV,” she continued. “I have a different word. I call it ‘normalizing.’”

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