MERRY CHRISTMAS GREY’S ANATOMY
I would like to take this opportunity to pass on Seasons Greetings to the Executive of Grey’s Anatomy. I have several reasons to thank them for a show that has consistently broken barriers. abc.go.com/shows/greys–anatomy.
Shona Rhimes created the characters and wrote the firsst script. One of her goals was to present Grey’s Anatomy as a statement against racism. She also wished to create female roles as multi-faceted lives.
In her own words she wrote, “I wanted to create a world in which you felt as if you were watching very real women. Most of the women I saw on TV didn’t seem like people I actually knew. They felt like ideas of what women are. They never got to be nasty or competitive or hungry or angry. They were often just the loving wife or the nice friend. But who gets to be the bitch? Who gets to be the three-dimensional woman?”
breaking the racism barrier, Rhimes went on to introduce homosexuals into the script. The first major hitch came when Isaac Washington, playing a black surgeon on the show, directed a homophobic slur against gay actor, T.R. Knight who played a white doctor. Washington was removed from the show. Rhimes and her team later introduced a lesbian couple, Drs. Callie Torres and Arizon Robbins. It’s refreshing to see lesbians in professional roles. We might safely add that neither character looks a lesbian – whatever this means! But sterotypes die hard! (I don’t wish to comment on Grey’s Anatomy scripts. It’s hard to write stories for nine years – some a great…others may be criticized).
I stumbled upon an interesting bit of trivial while researching this blog. Body parts belong to bovines. On set they actually use soldering tools to close organs. The actors say that this procedure smells like burning flesh. It is not unusual for actors to have gag reactions. Realistic bloodis a combination of red jello mixed with blood parts and chicken fat!
Thanks to ABC for putting this series on for nine years. Again, thanks to Shona and her writing team for breaking down barriers! May 2013 see more barriers fall!