Gray's Anatomy It was on screen for 15 years, during this time it turned out to be more than a romantic drama and touched on a number of conditional topics, difficult for many to discuss.
In addition to the tragedies that continue to haunt their protagonist, Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo), the plot dealt with important talks such as gender identity, the death penalty, and rape.
In fact, this last theme is exactly the center of the history of its most important and difficult chapter, and its creator, Shonda Rhymes, he had to fight.
In the episode titled Quiet all those yearswritten by Elisabeth Finch, the program focuses not only on rape, but on a number of issues surrounding it, such as fear, shame, sexual consent, emotional and family consequences, reporting, investigation and judicial decisions, others
The main plot deals with the story of Abby (Khalilah Joi), a woman who comes to the hospital with a cut in her face and very scared. Dr. Jo Karev (Camilla Laddington) gets her and quickly creates a strong bond of trust.
After a routine investigation, Jo notices that Karen is covering her strong wounds on her body and is beginning to suspect she was a rape victim.
After failing to persuade her to talk to the police, fearful of how advocates might destroy her reputation in the process, Jo Abby will agree to submit samples that could serve as evidence when she wants to file a complaint.
The scene has become a graphical description of how the so-called "Rape Set" is served, showing every step from sampling, measuring wounds, and taking photos of evidence.
It was even more pronounced when victims were given consent before each sample.
For many viewers it was for the first time watching the TV processand despite the devastating moment its value exceeded the initial impact.
But it was not an easy scene, and the program team had to fight to become a reality.
Executive Producer Krista Vernoff Hollywood Reporter that the episode was initially rejected by ABC Transmission Standards and Practices, the channel that the show broadcasts for 15 years.
"Usually we get notes like," Don't be too bloody "; "Don't be too explicit in the language"; "Don't put too much breast". But in this scenario, we've included: "Please don't show any liquid in Q-tips" and "Please don't show any liquid under blue lights," Vernoff said.
"(Shonda Rhimes) wrote a rather passionate response to the myriad ways in which channels were willing to show real violence, but what we did here was the medical process that occurs as a result of violence and they tried to tell us he couldn't show it, "Vernoff added.
"She said," With respect, I reject these notes. "Eventually ABC understood that she was right. I really give them credit for coming back and saying, "You're right. You can continue as it is written.affiliated.
But things didn't stop there because "then we extended the invitation to the ABC manager to be part of the female wall, and she accepted it."
Vernoff refers to another shocking episode scene where all the women who worked in the hospital teamed up in two rows to give Karen support because she was on her way to surgery.
Not only all the program's actresses, but also the channel production team, Shondaland, make-up artists, writers, etc., took part in the scenes.
"Many women approached us after reading the scene (for the first time) and asked if they could be in it. They were willing to lose their daily salary to be in the scene. (Elizabeth) Finchie and I went to our manufacturing company, production manager Shondaland and Shonda, and said, "Can we find a way to do all these women without losing one day?" "The answer was yes," he said. "It was really the strongest day in the file I had," he added.
According to the writer of the episode, the idea of this emotional scene has taken her away from the honor of the organ donor in some places. "As part of some hospitals' protocol, every time an organ donor walks down a corridor, all hospital doctors will unite in the corridors to honor that person," said Finch Entertainment Weekly.
Although the episode was created by women and for women (all production was made by female professionals), they also managed to explain in a simple manner the sexual consent, through the son of Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Who When He Was First Attracted to a Girl.
In a sincere conversation, his stepfather Ben (Jason George) explains the importance of good women and stopping when they say no.
The episode also sought to clarify that there are different types of rape survivors. For example, Abby accused her of going to a bar with a solid skirt and taking a little more than necessary. And that was one of the reasons she didn't want to condemn because she didn't want to be judged and exhibited as a "promiscuous and drunk woman" before her husband.
On the other hand, the story of Jo's biological mother, who was confronted with her unknown daughter, was also told She explains that she was born as a result of rape, for which she was responsible for many years.
In her story, the woman revealed that the attack took place on the day she accepted the older boy, but she did not agree to have a sexual relationship.
Inspired by a rough statement
The episode was after a rough testimony Christine Blasey Ford against a lawyer and then nominated to the United States Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaughwhom he accused of sexual abuse.
According to Professor at Palo Alto University, a man tried to rape her at a party in a friend's house when he was 15 years old and he was 18 years old.
“I went up the stairs to the next level to use the bathroom. When I reached the end of the stairs, I was pushed back into the bedroom. I didn't see who pushed me. Brett and Mark entered the room and locked the door, "he told the United States Congress Committee a few months ago.
In his story he said that Kavannagh threw her in bed and tried to pull her down, but because he was drunk, he couldn't do it. "I tried to scream for help, but when I did, Brett covered his mouth to stop it." That scared me the most and had the greatest impact on my later life. It was very hard for me to breathe and I thought Brett would accidentally kill me, "he remembered. After the false movement of his attackers, he managed to escape and flee the place.
"I ran an episode when Christine Blasey Ford's testimony and Kavanaugh's confirmation (in the Supreme Court) appeared," Vernoff said. "I felt (his story) with all my body, as did many women. He stood up and said his truth, and many experts questioned whether she knew what he was talking about, or if he could believe it or if he remembered the face of someone who had attacked her years ago. It was a very powerful moment when I saw it all, ”he admitted.
"I felt that the most damaging part was that young men and women wherever it was said that consent was irrelevant." (…) I told the writers: "We have to do something about it and try to explain what consent is and how shocking the violation is and how it can harm people, years, and generations", he recalled.
"I hope viewers will leave with a greater understanding of what it means to agree, and a deeper understanding of the different ways in which violations can affect not only survivors, but later generations," Vernoff said.
"I hope health professionals are talking about ways and systems that can be implemented to help survivors," he concluded.
Due to the content of the chapter, the program drew viewers attention. "Today's chapter of Gray's Anatomy will address important issues such as sexual assault. Some content may trigger some survivors and their loved ones, ”they explained before the episode and on social networks.