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Shonda Rhimes is so over answering questions about diversity

Writer and director Shonda Rhimes spoke at a National Association of Broadcasters event on April 13, 2015, where she downplayed her decision to cast diverse characters and said the makeup of her shows reflects reality. (Video: National Association of Broadcasters)

Well-established fact: Shonda Rhimes is a black woman thriving in an industry dominated by white men. She creates hugely popular television shows with diverse casts. But a decade after “Grey’s Anatomy” became a hit for ABC, she’s getting a little sick of answering questions about race and gender.

“This is not the Jim Crow south … I still can’t believe I get asked about it all the time, as if being normal — TV looking like the normal world — is an innovation,” she said while being honored by the National Association of Broadcasters Monday. “You’d think people would be embarrassed — I’d think so — embarrassed to ask the question in the 21st Century.”

That sound you hear is countless reporters simultaneously saying, “oops.”

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Rhimes insisted, as she has in the past, that rather than making television more diverse, she’s normalizing it, creating entertainment that reflects the world we live in. Becoming the showrunner and producer of such normalized shows as “Grey’s,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” wasn’t some gutsy decision, she said. “It was a human one, because I am a human. It wasn’t something we had to bravely fight for, because ABC is also full of humans.”

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Memo to reporters interviewing Rhimes: You may want to skip the questions about the diversity of ShondaLand. Alternatively, she has another story idea: Write about why the media keeps asking her the diversity question. “Because I’m busy talking about something else, writing about something else,” she said.

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