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Grey's Anatomy actress Kelly McCreary recently took the media to task for mistaking her for coworker Jerrika Hinton. Apparently, after attending an Emmys after party, the media got ahold of a picture that mislabeled McCreary as Hinton, and so, when McCreary went to search for her photos from the event, all she could find were pictures of herself labeled as Jerrika Hinton via search engine instead. Annoying? Of course. Here's the blunt response Kelly McCreary gave about being mistaken for Jerrika Hinton:
Now Jerrika is a beautiful lady, inside and out, with talent for days. I would be flattered to be mistaken for her, if it didn't seem like the all-too-frequent occurrence of this 'mistake' indicated the careless conflation of two black actresses with curly hair on the same tv show. I wonder, does this happen when there are two blonde women in the same cast? When there are two dark-haired white dudes with blue eyes? Maybe it does. But I'll tell you what--- to constantly wonder whether I'm facing a micro-aggression I should call someone out on, or a harmless mistake I should let slide, is a real energy drain.
Kelly McCreary plays Maggie Pierce, the daughter of Ellis Grey and Richard Webber who showed up in Season 10 and became a regular cast member in Season 11. Obviously, ever since Lexie was killed off, the show was really missing some drama in the sisters department, and thus Grey's Anatomy wrote in another secret sister to take Meredith Grey to a dark place. Regardless, Maggie Pierce is not the same character as Stephanie Edwards, a surgical resident who was introduced on the ABC drama shortly before Maggie Pierce. If you haven't caught an episode of Grey's Anatomy over the last few seasons, you've missed quite a lot.
This may not have annoyed Kelly McCreary nearly as much if it had been the first time she's had to deal with reporters who clearly stopped watching Grey's Anatomy sometime before Derek Shepherd bit the dust. She spoke out on Instagram to point out that she knew she should look for photos from the after Emmys event under Jerrika's name because it's not the first time a reporter has made the same exact mistake. She also thanked the reporters who went out of the way to fix their mistake. If you'd like to see the offending caption, you can check it out, below.
If it makes you feel any better, Kelly McCreary, I just spent an entire wedding weekend getting mistaken for my sister, so this sort of thing does happen to everyone. Doesn't make it any less annoying though.