Ryan Murphy is known for his boundary-pushing shows and off-the-chain story lines. Now, he’s taking that boundlessness to a new level. Don’t worry, though, no conically crotched demons involved.
On Wednesday, Murphy (Glee, AHS, Scream Queens) announced a brand new foundation with the sole purpose of hiring 50 percent minorities for directorial positions; at least half of the producer’s productions will be directed by women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community by the end of 2016.
“I personally can do better,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter, who originally broke the story.
When publicist Nanci Ryder spoke on the issue at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast, Murphy said, it caused him to think twice about making real change in an unchanging industry:
“Nanci said, ‘People in power, you have a position and responsibility to change the industry,’ and I thought, ‘She’s right,'” he told the site.
Only 13 percent of Hollywood’s directors are considered minorities. In other words…
Now, in less than a year’s time, Scream Queens, American Crime Story, and American Horror Story’s leadership will be at least Half comprised of this group.
It’s this sort of bold movement that will galvanize the entertainment industry to make vital alterations. Kudos to Mr. Ryan Murphy for being the change, as opposed to waiting for it.
If we were the aliens, we’d take him. We’d take him right up.
And him. Him as well.