'black-ish' boss: It's for everyone, so don't talk diversity

Kiefer Sutherland left and Natascha Mc Elhone participate in the

Barris responded with, "I will be so happy when diversity is not a word". This is ridiculous." Barris added that the demographic of the show is insignificant, stating, "I'm so exhausted of talking about diversity. "I have the best actors".

From left, "Black-ish" stars Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Anthony Anderson at the 2016 summer TCA in Beverly Hills.

ABC's hit comedy "black-ish" dwells on an African-American family, but Kenya Barris, the show's creator, says he isn't interested in profiling who sees it.

"We live in a world where everyone wants to think they're right all the time, and we're asking people to instead listen to what others have to say and try to live a life of happiness".

"It doesn't matter who's watching our show", Barris replied.

"The fact is that they're watching it", he said. These are awesome talented actors and wonderful writers who give their all and don't have to do this, and it's clouding the conversation.

It certainly clicked for Kiefer Sutherland, its star, when he first read the pilot script. But don't you see yourself in it?

The clearly frustrated Barris added that he wasn't trying to "attack" the questioner.

An emotional Barris also emphasized that the show - which recently nabbed three Emmy nominations (one each for Anderson and Ellis and then one for the series itself) - doesn't just focus on issues about race.

ABC is "very proud that we reflect America authentically in all of its diversity, and we definitely want to continue to move in that direction", the network's programming chief told the Television Critics Association on Thursday. Don't you see your family reflected in it?

The point Black-ish, and many other shows featuring people of color have been working to subtly (or even overtly) make, is that their stories are universal, and in our increasingly melting-pot society, multi-culti stories aren't "other" but wholly American and relevant to all.

While it's important to talk about diversity, it's equally important to view a show for its merits and what it's able to accomplish beyond what kind of audience it pulls in or what the makeup of its cast might be. "Why do we keep having this conversation?" "Why can't we just look at the show for what it is and celebrate these actors?" We get to tell our stories every week that resonate with an audience globally. "I feel like we get to come to work every day and do something that helps start the conversation".

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