During the Black-ish (or simply Blackish) panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday afternoon, creator Kenya Barris lost his cool when a reporter asked him what percentage of the ABC comedy's audience is African-American.
Image: Anthony Anderson (left) and Kenya Barris (right)
"I will be so happy when diversity is not a word. I have the best job in the world and I am constantly having to talk about diversity. I have the best actors. It's ridiculous," he said. "We're in a time when everything is about black and white, and this and that. We get opportunities and we are happy to be the people who can step up and say, 'We can do this.' But these are amazing actors. It doesn't matter who is watching our show. The fact is that they're watching it."
Barris also said that he's fed up of being asked the same question time and again "I feel like every question at every panel… I'm so tired of talking about diversity. These are amazing, talented actors and amazing writers who give their all … and it's clouding the conversation," he told.
GIF: Tracee Ellis Ross in Black-ish
Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays Rainbow Johnson in the show, then stepped in to ask the reporter, "Is that a question that you've asked other shows that are not predominantly of a certain color?" When the writer responded "not necessarily," Ellis politely offered this to the room full of reporters: "I think sometimes that those questions continue the conversation in a direction that does not help the conversation."
Barris also emphasized that the show, which recently was nominated for the Emmy in three categories (one each for Anderson and Ellis and then one for the series itself), doesn't just focus on the issues about race. "We're so divisive as a community and we always have to box everything in, and I kind of feel like, isn't it just a good family show? It's specifically about a black family, but don't you see yourself in it? Don't you see your family reflected in it? Why is that important who watches the show? Why does it matter? Why do we have to keep having these conversations? Why can't we just look at the show for what it is and celebrate these actors?"
Image: Jenifer Lewis as Ruby Johnson in the show
Anthony Anderson's on-screen mother, Jenifer Lewis, lightened the mood when she said, "And nobody cares about what Trump thinks about anything," referring to Donald Trump's racist remarks about the show.