People are losing it over Ellen Pompeo calling out a magazine for its lack of diversity

20 November 2018, 14:26 | Updated: 20 November 2018, 14:27

Ellen Pompeo and Gabrielle Union
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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

"I didn't see enough colour when I walked in the room today."

Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo participated in a conversation with Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, and Emma Roberts for Net-a-Porter that primarily focused on the inequality of women and people of colour in Hollywood.

The four actresses touched on a lot of different subjects, from the wage gap to the representation of women of colour in the industry. They each brought unique and important perspectives of their own experiences in Hollywood.

It was a statement by Ellen Pompeo calling out the set they were currently on that had people on the internet praising her for being a good ally.

"This day has been incredible, and there's a ton of women in the room. But I don't see enough colour. And I didn't see enough colour when I walked in the room today," Ellen explained.

Ellen Pompeo at Net-a-porter roundtable
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"I had a meeting with the director of another endorsement project that I'm doing. I said 'when I show up on set I would like to see the crew look like the world that I walk around in every day'. And I think it's up to all productions to make sure the crew looks like the world we see."

Gabrielle Union and Gina Rodriguez were visibly impressed with Ellen's statement, and the women even did a toast to it.

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Ellen went on to make more great points about being an ally, pointing out that because the topic of diversity and equal pay could sometimes put women of colour in uncomfortable positions, it was the job of white allies to speak up as often as possible.

The internet was SO impressed with Ellen Pompeo.

Gabrielle and Gina's reactions spoke volumes as well.

Without giving Ellen all the credit here (because Gabrielle and Gina's stories were first person accounts of feeling insecure and undervalued), her acknowledgment of privilege is the perfect example of how to speak up and be an ally.

The whole interview is fascinating and amazing and you can watch the full thing below.