ABC Press Tour ’16: Black-ish Is Sick And Tired Of Answering the Race Question (We Sympathize!)By Patrice Majorie | August 8, 2016 | Entertainment
L.A. contributor Patrice Majorie gets her first taste of Press Tour’s challenges with shows of a diverse nature…
At every Press Tour, shows with characters of color are always besieged with questions about race. And Black-ish was no different.
There was a moment when someone from a media outlet asked the panel what their viewer stats were in regards to race; in other words, he was curious what percentage of the viewers were black and what percentage was white, and so forth. This hit a sensitive nerve with the cast, especially Laurence Fishburne, who immediately began getting fidgety in his seat and replied saying “What a strange question, what a strange question.”
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris literally broke down in tears as he attempted to explain how tired he was of having to answer questions regarding race and diversity when it comes to the series. He’s tired of the dialogue going to that place, and encouraged people to watch the show to be entertained and because the characters are interesting and complex, not just because they are black. The DivaGals agree! Following suit, Tracee Ellis Ross asked the reporter “if he ever asks that question to other show creators or cast members?” It was a question that went unanswered.
Barris later appologized to the reporter stating that he didn’t intend on being brash or aggressive towards him, but that he was literally sick and tired of the media, as a whole, focusing on the race and diversity — instead of content — when it comes to his show.
In an attempt to end the heavy emotional roller coaster that question created on the stage, Jenifer Lewis took to her natural comedic timing to switch gears and began to speak about what an amazing show Black-ish is and how every day when she reads the script, she laughs out loud, adding “and nobody makes me laugh out loud but me!” Gotta love her!