An Executive Producer on the hit BBC series Killing Eve has responded to a social media backlash, criticising the show’s writers room for a lack of diversity.
Kayleigh Llewellyn from London, 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 response as 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?,’ wrote one social media user.
Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle, spoke about the criticism during a panel discussion at SeriesFest: Killing Eve: Behind the Lens.
She explained that the situation is ‘not good enough’ and said that she’s taking full responsibility for the lack of racial diversity.
Executive Producer Sally Woodward Gentle, has responded to online criticism surrounding the diversity of Killing Eve’s writing room (pictured)
‘The make-up of the room should be more racially diverse than it is, and we’re really aware of that and I take full responsibility for it,’ Sally said.
‘You look at that room and it’s full of brilliant female writers, we’ve got a really strong LGBTQ contingent, but it’s not good enough and we need to do better.
‘But also, the production from the ground up – the entire production – we’re looking at in terms of how we can make concrete change, because it’s incredibly important to us, and it’s got to be change that lasts and is effective.’
Sally said that ‘now is an extraordinary moment’ and revealed her desire to make a difference.
Social media users responded to a post by writer Kayleigh Llewellyn, questioning why the series has Asian co-lead Sandra Oh (pictured) but no ethnic minority writers
The backlash follows Sandra Oh and Kerry Washington’s recent interview 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, I’m not afraid to say, is behind. I’m not only the only Asian person on set, but the development of people behind the camera is very slow in the UK. I don’t know about the rest of Europe.
‘Sometimes it would be me and like 75 white people. I have not come from that in my film career, which has been much more independent and mostly working with women and women of colour,’ she said.
Sandra Oh (pictured) recently spoke about her experience of being the only Asian person on set in an interview for Variety
A number of social media have joined the discussions surrounding Killing Eve, admitting they’re pleased to see women writing the show, but agree there should also be racial diversity.
One person wrote: ‘Oh the bright side, it’s a majority female writers room. But totally agreed it needs an Asian writer at the least.’
‘They’ve had zero non-white writers or directors over three seasons now. Not to mention, non-white supporting actors are routinely underwritten and discarded by a season’s end,’ another said.
A third added: ‘It’s a great show, but yeah they could absolutely do better.’
A stream of social media users have said Killing Eve is a ‘great show’ but could be better, as they call for more diversity