"This day has been incredible, and there's a ton of women in the room," she said. "But I don't see enough color. And I didn't see enough color when I walked in the room today...When I show up on set, I'd 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 that your crew looks like the world we see."
"As Caucasian people, it's our job, it's our task, it's our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into," she added. "It's our job because we created the problem."
Fans, journalists and beyond took to their Twitter to applaud Pompeo on her bold statement. The full video was 24 minutes, however, it was this particular segment that went viral on Twitter. A "Grey's" fan account posted the clip with the tweet, "ellen pompeo SNAPPED." Pompeo was trending on Monday morning as people reacted to the actress' words.
This is how you use any form of privilege you have to demand change for others who may be marginalized in ways you are not. Diversity & inclusion work is speaking truth & having complex, uncomfortable conversations to make change. Thank you @EllenPompeo. I have tears in my eyes. https://t.co/bAo0Lw78QA
I love me some @EllenPompeo THIS is how you're an ally! Don't wring your hands & have a sad face, don't say “not all white people”, NOPE take action, especially needed in tv production, it's White men many who are legacy, jobs handed down in the family! Expand the talent pool https://t.co/ERax3j5Sud