GLOW/NETFLIX: Kia Stevens publishes letter sent to Netflix to address diversity issues during GLOW

Posted on 10/20/120 by Colin Vassallo

In a social media post, Kia Stevens, better known to fans as
Awesome Kong and Welfare Queen on GLOW, published a letter
that she and some of her fellow stars sent to the powers
that be at Netflix before the show got canned.

The letter was to voice their concern about how the show
fell short of being diverse, outlining the problems that
actresses of color were facing, and their suggestions on how
to fix it.

As the principal women of color on a show tackling racist
and offensive stereotypes, we have felt disempowered
throughout our time on GLOW. Weve individually come to you
to express our concerns over the course of 3 seasons
whether it be in our character meetings or during specific
conflicts within our storyline and our characters
continually remain less fleshed out and less dimensional,
the letter reads.

The letter goes on saying how while GLOW was marketed with a
diverse ensemble, for them it has never lived up to those
ideals and the show actually planted racial stereotyping
into their characters existence.

Its noted that there were zero persons of color in the
writing room and they collectively felt devalued in their
skillset and only valued for the diversity they bring to the

The letter suggested three points which would take
accountability by enacting change including hiring an
executive producer or consulting producer of color, fully
address how portraying stereotypical and racially offense
wrestling personas has impacted their characters
professional lives and personal dignity, and amplify their
voices and their importance within the season narrative.

There is incredible support, love and camaraderie amidst
the GLOW cast, and it should go without saying that we are
not here to take down our white cast mates, the letter

The letter was signed by Sydelle Noel (Cherry Bang), Britney
Young (Carmen Wade), Kia Stevens (Tamme Dawson), Sunita Mani
(Arthie Premkumar), Ellen Wong (Jenny Chey), and Shakira
Barrera (Yolanda Rivas).

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