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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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'The Bold Type' Stars Reveal Return Date, Share Sneek Peak at Season 4B! (Video)

'The Bold Type' Stars Reveal Return Date, Share Sneek Peak at Season 4B! (Video)

The Bold Type officially has a return date!

Meghann Fahy, Aisha Dee and Katie Stevens all shared the exciting news that their show will come back on Thursday, June 11th.

The Bold Type‘s second half of season four will also see the episodic directorial debut of Melora Hardin, aka Jacqueline Carlyle. She previously directed an independent film called You back in 2009. Melora will direct the second episode back.

In the upcoming episodes, Jane struggles to come to terms with her new body and manage her new responsibilities at Scarlet.

Sutton revels in her new roles as Mrs. Hunter and stylist, but then receives shocking news which upends her world. Kat tries to find a new direction in her life.

Katie Stevens Clarifies Her Post About 'The Bold Type' Being Shut Down

Katie Stevens Clarifies Her Post About 'The Bold Type' Being Shut Down

The Bold Type is among many TV shows that had to halt production due to the Coronavirus.

Stars Meghann Fahy and Katie Stevens shared on Instagram that the hit Freeform show is on a hiatus.

“We danced we cried we had a party we got sent home from shooting @theboldtypetv early,” Meghann captioned a group selfie.

Good Trouble‘s Emma Bunton commented and confirmed that their show was also put on hold. “Girl same love youuuuu,” she wrote.

“My family ❤️ we were cut short because of covid19 but we drank we laughed and we cried a lot. Hope to see you all again soon, but for now, stay safe and stay healthy. To our crew, words could never express my love and gratitude for you all. à bientôt #TheBoldType,” Katie wrote with the same photo.

Some fans read Katie‘s post and thought that the show was canceled, so she wrote a note the next day clarifying what she said.

“Sorry for scaring everyone, should’ve specified. The studio and network are taking Covid-19 very seriously and as are our cast and crew,” she said. “Although we didn’t have anyone test positive, the decision was made to halt production right now for the safety of everyone. We are not cancelled.”

'The Bold Type' Stars Reveal Major 'Life Changes' Coming for Their Characters!

'The Bold Type' Stars Reveal Major 'Life Changes' Coming for Their Characters!

The Bold Type fans: Get ready for an emotional midseason finale!

The cast took the stage for their panel at the 2020 SCAD aTVfest on Friday (February 28) in Atlanta.

Matt Ward, Katie Stevens, Sam Page, Meghann Fahy, and Stephen Conrad Moore were all in attendance.

“It’s so hard because I can’t say much about why it’s emotional without ruining, but there are a lot of life changes going on for our characters,” Katie told EW about the midseason finale, titled “Stardust” and airing on March 12.

In that episode, fans will get to meet Jane’s brother Evan (Glee‘s Chord Overstreet).

“I’ve actually known Chord for many years so it was really exciting that he was a part of the show, and you just kind of get to see where Jane comes from,” Katie said. “She has an also type-A brother who is a bit of perfectionist and you can see kind of how that plays into their relationship and also the dynamic between my brother and Ryan.”

Sam Page also opened up about how Richard and Sutton are doing with their wedding planning: “We’re progressing at a pretty quick pace and that pace comes back in discussion — How fast we’re moving, and are we moving to fast? Because their lives are changing so fast. Richard’s got a job in San Francisco that’s demanding more and more of his time to be there, but his relationship with Sutton is progressing toward a wedding, and her job is getting bigger and better all the time. So we’re kind of working on a clock there.”

The Bold Type airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Freeform!

ICYMI, find out what Katie Stevens thinks the show does well.

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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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'The Bold Type's Season 4 Trailer Shows Us A Brand New 'Scarlet' & More Fashion Closet Talks - Watch Here!

'The Bold Type's Season 4 Trailer Shows Us A Brand New 'Scarlet' & More Fashion Closet Talks - Watch Here!

The girls are ready for a night on the town in the brand new trailer for season four of The Bold Type.

In the premiere episode of the brand new season, Scarlet is reeling over their new dynamic, and it forces everyone to adjust.

Meanwhile, Jane tries to cope with the changes to Jacqueline’s role at the magazine and joins forces with Kat and Sutton to make it clear how much she means to them. Sutton takes stock of her position at Scarlet, as Richard considers a world outside it.

The Bold Type will return on Thursday, January 23rd @9PM ET/PT on Freeform.