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Ryan Murphy Launches Foundation to Promote Diversity in Hollywood

Ryan Murphy Launches Foundation to Promote Diversity in Hollywood

Ryan Murphy announced a new foundation within 20th Century Fox, called Half, will now aim to have 50 percent of all director slots on his shows filled by women, people of color and LGBT members. He plans to hire someone to co-manage the foundation with him later this year.

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Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter, “I personally can do better.” He wants his shows — “Scream Queens,” “American Crime Story” and “American Horror Story” — to reach the 50 percent mark by the end of 2016. 

In addition, Murphy will begin outreach efforts at colleges to align candidates with mentors, starting with visits to AFI, UCLA and USC. He wants to let young people know that Hollywood can be — and will be — more inclusive, hoping to promote change and progress for a new generation. 

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Liz Shannon Miller

EXCLUSIVE conversation between Ryan Murphy and his staff in creating his new diversity foundation.

“I want to start a foundation to promote diversity.”
“Okay, how do they do that?”
“The people at your foundation. What will they do?”
“I know! I’ll just hire more diverse directors for all of my many, many TV projects.”
“That’s great!”
“No, really! That’s great!”
“Perfect. Okay, make it so.”
“Well, wait. That’s just something you can do. You just say the words, and bam. It’s done. Why do you need a foundation?”
“But I want a foundation.”
“Well, it could do more than just the one thing…”
“I dunno, maybe something with kids? I’m really popular with the 18-35 demo. It’s really the only reason anyone lets me make anything.”
“Your directors could tutor college kids, I guess.”
“Like, on my sets?”
“Let college kids on my sets?”


So- Political Correctness BEFORE talent? Early Congrats on your spectacular failure. I hope it teaches you a lesson.
By trying to be diverse you have become another kind of bigot.

Christine Andersen

Ryan just gets better — he sees a problem and proposes a solution which probably works. He’s amazing. Thank You, Ryan.

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