Shonda Rhimes Says ‘Bridgerton’ Wasn’t Supported By Higher-Ups Until It Was A Hit


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Shonda Rhimes says the Hollywood Foreign Press Association initially didn’t need to promote Black-led ‘Bridgerton’

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is the group that arms out Golden Globes awards, and has persistently confronted scrutiny for not recognizing extra numerous films, tv reveals, creators, and manufacturing groups — significantly this 12 months. And Shonda Rhimes is right here to spill the tea on HFPA and her #1 hit Netflix present, Bridgerton. 

Even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the literal hosts of the Golden Globes, known as out the Golden Globes for his or her lack of variety of their monologue, for Pete’s sake. And on Tuesday, Rhimes took to Twitter to name out the group’s alleged discrimination towards Black-led initiatives like Bridgerton, Girls Trip, and Queen & Slim.

“HFPA rejected our press conference. Until it was a ‘surprise hit’ (Grey’s, Scandal, Murder -SURPRISE!) And yet they STILL asked me to show up in person to present at the Globes. We’re not the only ones. This is why HFPA’s house is on fire. They lit the flame w/their own ignorance,” Rhimes wrote. “And I’m the lucky one. More important: think of all the great talent and shows out there that never even got a chance.”

Hmm…the HFPA was dismissive of an exquisite, instant-hit present like Bridgerton, a present starring a lot of wonderful Black actors, and in addition a present that facilities round romance and the feminine gaze? Well hand me a fan earlier than I swoon, I merely can’t think about why that will be! [*coughs in misogyny and racism*]

Let’s recap what “hit” means after we’re speaking about Bridgerton, we could? Or another Shonda Rhimes undertaking, for that matter. Bridgerton broke Netflix data by streaming in nicely over 80 million households worldwide. It remained within the streaming platform’s high 10 for 190 nations FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. It turned an instantaneous pop-culture sensation and was virtually instantly renewed for added seasons.

And but, it was denied any Golden Globe nominations regardless of receiving important reward. The Screen Actors Guild has nominated it for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series and provided a nom for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series to Regé-Jean Page (THEE Duke of Hastings, thanks very a lot). It will undoubtedly obtain Emmy nominations later this 12 months. But the HFPA didn’t even need to give the present a press convention for promotional functions, a lot much less an precise award nomination.

Once the present exploded in reputation over the vacations, the allegedly HFPA panicked and hurriedly threw an occasion collectively just a few days earlier than voting closed. Uh-huh. Yeah. Too little, too late.

Joining Rhimes in calling out the HFPA was-writer-producer Ava DuVernay additionally tweeted out the article, detailing her personal experiences with the HFPA whereas selling her critically acclaimed 2019 Netflix sequence When They See Us.

“For the WHEN THEY SEE US/ HFPA press conference, less than 20 of them showed up,” she wrote. “Based on the quality of their questions, I jokingly asked, ‘Have any of you seen the series?’ Crickets. More came in the room when the pix were to be taken, at which time two peddled their scripts.”

Interestingly, When They See Us acquired 16 Emmy nominations and received two, however was ignored utterly by the Golden Globes final 12 months.

Let’s hope the HFPA not solely places out their very own fireplace however utterly rebuilds their total home earlier than subsequent 12 months.

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