"You know the way some people were like 'Diversity in period drama doesn't work' .... "

By Isabel Jones
Jan 08, 2021 @ 10:41 am

Netflix's soapy period drama Bridgerton has everyone talking (about sex). But discourse surrounding the Shonda Rhimes hit isn't exclusive to what happens beneath the sheets (or halfway down a flight of stairs … ). Critics have also pointed to the show's "historical inaccuracy," as its set in a Regency London that actually allows non-white people in its highest echelons. "Historical inaccuracy" seems like a small price to pay in order to create an inclusive piece of art, but go off …

Anyway, one of the series's stars, Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington on the show, addressed naysayers on Twitter with some straight F-A-C-T-S.

Nicola Coughlan - Bridgerton
Credit: DANIEL/NETFLIX © 2020

"You know the way some people were like 'Diversity in period drama doesn't work'....63 million households thought it did tho so," Coughlan tweeted alongside a post from Netflix Queue revealing that the show (as of Jan. 4) was the platform's "fifth-biggest original series launched to date."

"Remember people were trying to downvote the show on IMDB cos it was so diverse?" Coughlan continued, "You can't downvote us being Netflix fifth-biggest original release ever."

Damn straight.