The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star stands up for the show’s new story line, in which Derek and Meredith adopt an African child.
The conversation between Ellen Pompeo and the ladies of The View got pretty heated yesterday, May 12, when the discussion of trans-racial adoption was brought up. What’s your take on the issue, HollyMoms?
“There’s got to be a strength brought to this issue,” Ellen, who is the mother of a bi-racial baby, Stella Luna, with husband Chris Avery, explains.
She admits that she was the driving force behind a new Grey’s Anatomy story line, which has her character Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey‘s, Derek Sheperd, move forward with plans to adopt an African child.
“We really have to tell this story right,” Ellen says. “We have to be strong, we have to show hope. We have to offer something to people who are relating to this.”
And considering Ellen relates to this personally, she got a little defensive when Whoopi Goldberg asked her if there was any racial backlash from Meredith and Derek being white parents to a black baby.
“No one can say anything to me because I had a baby of color,” replies Ellen, showing her annoyance with the topic as they disputed why there should be a distinction made.
“The separation doesn’t get us any closer to anything,” she says, adding that the NAACP Awards shouldn’t exist, there should just be a “Peoples’ Awards.”
Earlier that morning, Ellen was on Good Morning America, where she stated, “It’s so important for those women who have come up to me and been brave enough to share their stories with me. I fight for the story line to be realistic, to be genuine, and to be something of a ray of hope for women. I’m trying very hard.”
What’s your take on this issue, HollyMoms? Share your thoughts below.
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