"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," Pompeo said.
Twitter has stood up and praised Ellen Pompeo for her recent comments regarding diversity.
During a video roundtable conversation for Porter magazine's "Women in Television" issue, the "Grey's Anatomy" star, along with actresses Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union and Emma Roberts, discussed gender equality, the pay gap and the racism problem in Hollywood. In the middle of the discussion, Pompeo called out the magazine for lack of diversity in their staff.
"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.
ellen pompeo SNAPPED pic.twitter.com/CUjIchreUW— izabelle (@meredithsgrwy) November 16, 2018
Union posted the clip and asked her followers to "please take the time to watch the entire video."
"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted the video and wrote "Go, Ellen, GO."
Actress Kathy Griffin thanked Pompeo for her call to action and expressed that those with similar influence should be using platforms for good as well.
"With a platform and wealth comes great responsibility," she said. "Anyone who has both of these gifts and doesn't call it out should be ashamed of themselves."
"How does one give a standing ovation on Twitter?" another person tweeted and a fan also wrote, "Ellen Pompeo speaking no bullshit here. I like this woman and I'd vote for her were she a politician."
Read how Twitter praised Pompeo below.
Please take the time to watch the entire video. Whooooooooaaaanelly. https://t.co/Ar1JQFqNf6— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) November 20, 2018
With a platform and wealth comes great responsibility. Anyone who has both of these gifts and doesn't call it out should be ashamed of themselves. https://t.co/0MP6scGPNN— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 20, 2018
“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. … It’s our job, because 👏we’ve 👏 created 👏 the 👏 problem.”— Robbie Couch (@robbie_couch) November 20, 2018
Harris-Pompeo 2020, tbqh https://t.co/6cBQ2ODlsP
Once again my nominee for Secretary of Everything is this and only this particular Pompeo https://t.co/6WIibVYNfF— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) November 20, 2018
I have nothing else to add to this but yes Ellen Pompeo showing and telling how fellow white people can be allies in the fight for racial justice https://t.co/BRtTpWEo42— Atima Omara (@atima_omara) November 20, 2018
I’ve been thinking about this video all day. I’ll probably never stop thinking about this video. https://t.co/hvpqg9YAld— Taylor Banks (@MsTaylorBanks) November 20, 2018
The entire video HOOOOOBOY. When it got to 21 mins I lost it w @EllenPompeo then w @itsgabrielleu saying she started her production company in @HereIsGina’s footsteps. The realest convo of how much code-switching we gotta do to work in this industry. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/piBziHA2HZ— Jenny Yang 👲🏼👲🏼👲🏼 (@jennyyangtv) November 20, 2018
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— Prasanna Ranganathan (@PRanganathan) November 20, 2018
Ellen Pompeo speaking no bullshit here. I like this woman and I'd vote for her were she a politician. https://t.co/HGq0ZfOOYi— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) November 20, 2018
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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— bevysmith (@bevysmith) November 19, 2018