Issa Rae shares what she is fed up with about Hollywood.
The “Insecure” creator told ETI she always works to ensure that her sets are diverse because “it is threaded in the fabric of my being to look around me and make sure that there is representation because that’s what I wholeheartedly want to see,” but she says she can’t be responsible for getting everyone in Hollywood to follow her lead.
She said: “The work comes naturally to me, and I think that’s where the frustration comes from — to do it because I’m always thinking about Black people. I’m always thinking about people of color, I’m always trying to make sure that’s just in the back of my mind.
“No one is challenged on [fixing the system]. When I go to other sets and literally everybody is a White man and you’re OK with that because you don’t have to think about that. It doesn’t cross your mind because no one is pressuring you to think about it.
“Media aren’t asking the White man on the phone call, ‘Hey, so this diversity issue, how are you handling it?’ It’s always us, and I’m handling it by doing what the f— I have to do and being that. But it’s not a burden at all. It’s only a burden if you don’t want to do it or you’re not thinking.”
However, Rae, 35, is determined to continue to give a voice to underrepresented artists.
Last year, she was the executive producer for “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” which featured an all-Black, all-women cast and writers’ room and she has launched her own label, Raedio, in order to help independent artists and offer them a way to connect with fans.
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