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'The Bold Type' Producers Respond To Star Aisha Dee's Call For Changes Behind The Scenes

'The Bold Type' Producers Respond To Star Aisha Dee's Call For Changes Behind The Scenes

Aisha Dee took a page from her character Kat’s playbook and spoke out publicly about the need for changes on The Bold Type!

In a lengthy post, the 26-year-old actress called for more diversity behind-the-scenes and even criticized her character’s recent storyline.

“By speaking out, I’m taking a risk. It’s scary, but it’s wroth it,” she concluded her post. “This is not judgment. This is a call to action. We deserve to see stories that are for us, by us.”

Now, the producing companies of The Bold Type, Freeform and Universal TV, are responding to Aisha‘s call for action.

“We applaud Aisha for raising her hand and starting conversations around these important issues,” they said in a statement, via THR. “We look forward to continuing that dialogue and enacting positive change. Our goal on The Bold Type is and has always been to tell entertaining, authentic stories that are representative of the world that Kat, Jane and Sutton live in — we can only do that if we listen.”

Be sure to tune in to the season finale of The Bold Type TONIGHT (July 16) at 10pm ET/PT on Freeform!

Aisha Dee Criticizes Her Character Kat's New Relationship on 'The Bold Type'

Aisha Dee Criticizes Her Character Kat's New Relationship on 'The Bold Type'

Aisha Dee is sharing her concerns about The Bold Type.

The 26-year-old actress took to Instagram on Wednesday (July 15) to channel her character Kat to bring to light the lack of diversity behind the cameras on her Freeform show.

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“I’m ready to take a cue from my girl Kat. What would Kat do? She would take a stand and advocate for herself and all other marginalized voices to influence change,” Aisha wrote. “I am ready to push harder and speak louder for what matters to me: The diversity we see in front of the camera needs to be reflected in the diversity of the creative team behind the camera.”

Aisha continued: “It took two seasons to get a single BIPOC in the writers’ room for ‘The Bold Type.’ And even then, the responsibility to speak for the entire Black experience cannot and should not fall on one person. We got to tell a story about a queer Black woman and a lesbian Muslim woman falling in love, but there have never been any queer Black or Muslim writers in the room. In four seasons (48 episodes) we’ve had one Black woman direct two episodes.”

She then went on to criticize the “inconsistent” storylines of queer characters and characters of color.

“The level of care, nuance, and development that has gone into the stories centering white hetero characters is inconsistent with the stories centering queer characters and POC,” Aisha wrote. “I do not believe this is intentional. We cannot bring specificity and honesty to experiences we have not lived. And when there is a lack of representation, the way marginalized characters are treated is even more important because they have the potential to empower or perpetuate damaging stereotypes that have lasting and real effect on people.”

Aisha then addressed the problem she has with her character’s new relationship. In the last episode, Kat, who is an outspoken advocate for various liberal causes, entered into a relationship with a white, conservative, Republican woman who has a completely different set of morals than she does.

“The decision to have Kat enter into a relationship with a privileged conservative women felt confusing and out of character,” Aisha explained. “Despite my personal feelings about the choice, I tried my best to tell the story with honesty, even though the Kat I known and love would never make these choices. It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, some who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone who’s politics are actively harmful to her communities.”

Aisha explained her decision to speak out about her show, saying that she’s ready to see change.

“I’m critical because I care, because I’ve seen firsthand the incredible impact of this show, and I believe in its potential to be better,” Aisha wrote. “‘The Bold Type’ has done so much food, but it struggles to understand the intersections man of its characters live in.”

After publishing the post, Aisha‘s co-stars Katie Stevens and Meghann Fahy showed their support by sharing her post on their own Instagram accounts.

The season four finale of The Bold Type airs on Thursday, July 16 on Freeform at 10pm ET.

You can read Aisha Dee‘s entire statement in the post below.

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Jane Gets Welcome Back Party at 'Scarlet' On Tonight's Return of 'The Bold Type'

Jane Gets Welcome Back Party at 'Scarlet' On Tonight's Return of 'The Bold Type'

The Bold Type is back tonight (June 11)!

The hit Freeform series returns for the second half of season four, after that emotional midseason finale back in March.

In “Leveling Up”, three months after surgery, Jane (Katie Stevens) returns to Scarlet with new editorial duties.

Kat (Aisha Dee) faces a hard truth when she’s forced to take some responsibility.

Sutton (Meghann Fahy) goes to bat on her first shoot and gets some shocking news that upends her world.

Tony winner Ali Stroker and Arun Varma guest star in the brand new episode.

Tune in to the return of The Bold Type TONIGHT (June 11) at 10pm ET/PT.

In case you missed it, see what Katie Stevens said about the show’s production being shut down due to the pandemic.

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Take a Look At These Celeb BFFs On National Best Friend Day!

Take a Look At These Celeb BFFs On National Best Friend Day!

It’s National Best Friend Day TODAY (June 8) in the US!

To celebrate, we thought we would take a look at some of the celebrity BFFs.

From Joey King and Sabrina Carpenter, to KJ Apa and Charles Melton, and so many more, celebs and their besties always know how to make each other, and fans, smile.

Some have even taken to Instagram to celebrate the day.

“Wishing we were doing this 💛 @aishtray @meghannfahy,” Katie Stevens captioned a pic of her on and off screen BFFs Meghann Fahy and Aisha Dee.

“Best friends make good times better and hard times easier. 💖 Tag your bestie below to let them know you appreciate them in your life☀️🌻 #nationalbestfriendday #bestfriend,” the Merrell Twins posted on Instagram.

Check out our gallery of celeb BFFs and be sure to send your besties a “Happy Best Friend Day” text or call!

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Katie Stevens Joins Meghann Fahy & Aisha Dee to Celebrate 'The Bold Type' Season 4

Katie Stevens Joins Meghann Fahy & Aisha Dee to Celebrate 'The Bold Type' Season 4

Katie Stevens and the cast of The Bold Type are celebrating their new season!

The 27-year-old actress stepped out for an XYZ by 92Y event on Wednesday (January 22) in New York City.

She was also joined by co-stars Meghann Fahy, Aisha Dee, Melora Hardin and Joanne Coles.

During the panel discussion, Katie opened up about what she thought the show did well.

“I think our show does a good job of not painting a picture as just black and white. There’s a lot of gray in the topics we address and we show that really well,” Katie explained.

The Bold Type season four premiered on January 23.

READ MORE: Watch the new trailer for The Bold Type‘s new season!

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Get A Sneak Peek of Aisha Dee's New Christmas Movie on Freeform!

Get A Sneak Peek of Aisha Dee's New Christmas Movie on Freeform!

Snow falls all around Aisha Dee in this new pic from her new Freeform movie, Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas.

The upcoming movie centers on Jess (Dee), who goes on the greatest first date of her life, but inadvertently “ghosts” Ben when she tragically dies in a car accident on the way home.

Stuck on Earth, with no idea how to ascend, Jess will need the help of her best friend Kara (Kimiko Glenn), the only person who can still see and hear her.

Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas premieres Wednesday, December 4th @ 9PM ET/PT on Freeform. See 15+ more pics inside!

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Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy & Kimiko Glenn Channel Sanderson Sisters at 31 Nights of Halloween Event

Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy & Kimiko Glenn Channel Sanderson Sisters at 31 Nights of Halloween Event

Meghann Fahy, Aisha Dee and Kimiko Glenn ease the spooks with smiles while attending a 31 Nights of Halloween event at Saks Fifth Avenue last weekend in New York City.

The Bold Type co-stars and the Liza On Demand actress channeled the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus with their outfits.

At the event, the ladies met with fans who also got to enjoy nail art, tarot card readings, spooky drinks, sweet treats and more.

Aisha and Kimiko actually have a new holiday movie called Ghosting, which is coming out during this year’s 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform.

Meghann and Aisha are currently in the midst of filming the upcoming fourth season of their show.

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