Is Gabrielle Union’s Tweet An Olive Branch To ‘America’s Got Talent’ And Simon Cowell?
It seems like new details emerge every day about Gabrielle Union’s ongoing feud with America’s Got Talent. The former America’s Got Talent judge previously filed a formal complaint after experiencing a “toxic work environment.” Now, she tweeted about NBC taking new steps to ensure employees have a good work environment but feels that more can be done.
Gabrielle Union Tweeted That Changes Are Needed On ‘America’s Got Talent’
Union tweeted in response to a story published by The Hollywood Reporter. The story details how NBCUniversal TV employees were given a memo that explains new changes that will be made for safer work environments. The memo encourages employees to come forward if they feel they have been treated unfairly or in cases of misconduct. This applies to shows like America’s Got Talent. Union tweeted “Great start by NBC to recognize the need to not turn away & ignore racial & gender discrimination on programs like #AGT. More changes are needed however like stopping executives from intimidating talent from sharing their experience of racism in their own workplace investigations.” Union previously shared that she was threatened by NBC executives to keep quiet about her experiences on set.
In case you missed all of the details in the fallout between Union and America’s Got Talent, we’ve got you covered with the video below.
Gabrielle Is Calling For More Black Employees Behind The Scenes
Union also put out a slew of tweets speaking about how there should be more black people who work behind the scenes of productions. Because while there has been a call for more black talent on camera, the people behind the scenes are important too. She spoke about how she had to do her own hair on one set because nobody on the glam team knew how to do black hair. Union used her own money to get her hair done before work and believes there is a “lack of diversity in the LA unions.” In her complaint against America’s Got Talent she said that she was allegedly told her hairstyles were “too black” for the show.
This led other black actresses to share similar stories about how they too had to shell out their own money to get their hair done before coming to set. They all called for more diversity on glam squads and labor unions whether it’s hair, makeup or wardrobe people.
Union has been very open about calling for change for black people in the entertainment industry. “At the end of all this, my goal is real change — and not just on this show but for the larger parent company. It starts from the top down,” she said. “My goal is to create the happiest, most high-functioning, inclusive, protected and healthy example of a workplace,” she told Variety back in May.