Uzo Aduba: OITNB Has Not Solved TV’s Diversity Problem

 

speaks onstage at the XX panel during Advertising Week 2015 AWXII at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on September 29, 2015 in New York City.

The XX panel during Advertising Week 2015 AWXII at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on September 29, 2015 in New York City.

Uzo Aduba, Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), and Dascha Polanco discussed diversity on television on a panel at New York’s Advertising Week.

Aduba said: “Audiences are ready for the truth and whatever that truth might look like, physically, internally … It’s really exciting to see now that television is investing in the truth, authentic representation as an extension of that, and writers are actually excited by that. And I think what’s really wonderful is that audiences themselves are finding themselves excited by it.”

Polanco added: “I just want to be in a position where I am respected as a lead role, not the best friend, the sidekick, the girlfriend, the abusee. I just want to be an action hero, [sic] I want to be Mission Impossible! Jump out of a plane or something.”

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