Killing Eve executive producer admits the show ‘should do better’ in terms of diversity after furious fans accuse it of missing ‘a single Asian writer’ – despite Sandra Oh starring
- Kayleigh Llewellyn shared a screenshot of a Zoom call with Killing Eve writers
- Post went viral on Twitter because social media users condemned the lack of diversity
- British executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle responded to the response
- Sandra Oh recently said there are times when she’s the only Asian person on the set
An executive producer on the hit BBC series Killing Eve has responded to a social media response, criticizing the show’s writing space for a lack of diversity.
London-based Kayleigh Llewellyn went viral on Twitter after sharing a screenshot of a Zoom call with her fellow Killing Eve writers, who all appear to be white.
The post received a heated reaction when fans of the series questioned the lack of diversity.
“Killing Eve has an Asian lead, but the writer’s room doesn’t have a single Asian writer?” social media user.
Executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle spoke about the criticism during a panel discussion on SeriesFest: Killing Eve: Behind the Lens.
She explained that the situation is “not good enough” and said that she takes full responsibility for the lack of racial diversity.
Executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle, has responded to online criticism about the diversity of Killing Eve’s writing room (photo)
“The composition of the room must be more racially diverse than it is, and we are really aware of that and I take full responsibility for it,” said Sally.
“Look at that room and it’s full of brilliant female writers, we have a very strong LGBTQ contingent, but it’s not good enough and we need to do better.
“But we also look at production from scratch – all production – in terms of how we can make concrete changes, because it’s incredibly important to us, and it has to be change that is lasting and effective.”
Sally said that “now is an extraordinary moment” and revealed her desire to make a difference.
Social media users commented on a post from writer Kayleigh Llewellyn and wondered why the series has Asian co-lead Sandra Oh (pictured), but not ethnic minority writers
The response follows the recent interview by Sandra Oh and Kerry Washington with Variety about the acting industry.
Sandra, who plays Eve Polastri in Killing Eve, claimed that the UK is behind the US when it comes to diversity in the entertainment industry.
“The UK is behind, I’m not afraid to say. Not only am I the only Asian person on set, but the development of people behind the camera is very slow in the UK. I don’t know anything about the rest of Europe.
“Sometimes it was me and like 75 whites. I didn’t get into that in my film career, which was much more independent and mainly worked with women and women of color, ” she said.
Sandra Oh (pictured) recently spoke of her experience as the only Asian person on set in an interview for Variety
A number of social media have taken part in the discussions surrounding Killing Eve, admitting they are happy that women are writing the show, but agree that there should also be racial diversity.
One person wrote, “Oh the bright side, it’s a majority of female writer’s room. But I totally agree that it needs at least an Asian writer. ‘
They now have zero non-white writers or directors for three seasons. Not to mention, non-white actors are routinely endorsed and thrown out at the end of a season, ‘said another.
A third added, “It’s a great show, but they definitely can do better.”
A stream of social media users have said that Killing Eve is a ‘great show’ but could be better as they demand more diversity