Justin H. Min "CANCELS" Killing Eve White Producers & Writers
"[...] i love KE, but [...] the power players (execs, producers, writers) are [...] overwhelmingly white." Justin H. Min tweets.
10 February 2020 by Fachana Techamaneewat
LOS ANGELES - FEB 12: Justin Min at the "The Umbrella Academy" Premiere at the
ArcLight Hollywood on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA– Stock Editorial Photography
On June 12, The Umbrella Academy's Justin H. Min (Ben Hargreeves) tweeted out that the popular British black comedy thriller, Killing Eve, still had predominantly white executives, producers and writers.
For those who don't know, Killing Eve stars lead actress, Sandra Oh (Eve), an Asian Canadian-American. It focuses on Eve, a British Intelligence agent, when she is recruited to chase down an international assassin called Villanelle.
However, the issue lies behind the scenes, where the majority of the employees are white.
Fast forward to June 12, Justin took to Twitter to address the issue to his fans.
Check out Justin's tweet below:
I "genuinely not trying to “cancel” anyone because i love [Killing Eve], but this is yet another example of how *BIPOC actors are often used to celebrate a show/movie’s diversity, when - in fact - the power players (execs, producers, writers) are still overwhelmingly white. let’s do better."
*BIPOC = 'Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.
How did fans react?
Altogether, fans agreed with Justin, slamming how the writers were all "white". However, some fans did admit that they appreciated how a lot of the writers were women.
I "Everyone in this picture is white... ://"
I "as much as i love the show, you’re absolutely right"
I "I do have to appreciate that they have a lot of women in their writer's room, but yeah, let's make it known we want a writer's room that reflects the show. No need to cancel, but we can still voice a need for change."
Sandra Oh (Eve Polastri), the lead actress on Killing Eve, also spoke out about the issue. In a Twitter clip, she voices out how she sometimes finds that she is "the only person of colour out of 75 white people on set".
Not only that, but Sandra added how she thought that the UK is "behind" in diversity.
Fans can check out the clip here.
What is the BBC attempting to do to increase diversity?
On June 22, the BBC revealed their Creative Diversity Commitment to spend £100 million on "diverse and inclusive content" throughout their genres.
The BBC also promised that from April 2021, 20% of all the on and off-screen talent will be diverse.
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Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.