Quinta Brunson, who is the brilliant creative mind behind Abbott Elementary, ABC’s witty workplace comedy featuring a staff of teachers, their rambunctious, colorful, students, and all the ups and downs that comes with educating them. Gaining a following from social media skits and shorts, Brunson’s brainchild and first TV production has quickly become a mainstay in many American (among other) homes.
In a Women of the Year cover story for Glamour, the interviewer asked Brunson about the idea of a school shooting episode due to “creating this show against the backdrop of this incredibly complex cultural moment that we are in, where curriculum is being debated, school safety is front and center in so many schools across this country.” Going on to say “I read that some people had wanted you to actually write an episode that deals with a school shooting. You rejected that idea. Why?”
“I just think about the day-to-day in a workplace comedy, and I don’t think that that’s the realistic day-to-day in the classroom.” Brunson responded, “I say that, knowing that school shootings happen all the time, every day or every week, unfortunately. But there are two different realities.” She’d go on to say, “There’s the one present in the classroom where teachers are just trying to get through a lesson. And then there’s the outside perspective of us engaging with teachers through the news.”
Brunson even spoke of conversations had with her friends that teach; “They’re just trying to get through this lesson. They’re just trying to get the reading scores up. They’re just trying to do this job. If anything, the school shooting thing is in the background, like, ‘F**k.’ It’s kind of like, ‘We got to deal with that too?'”
Oh and this isn’t the first time this has come up oddly enough… Brunson had taken to Twitter or X to respond initially:
please use that energy to ask your elected official to get on Beto time and nothing less. I’m begging you.
— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) May 25, 2022
Do you agree with Quinta Brunson’s decision?
I highly recommend checking out the original article here! Quinta’s answers are actually more enlightening on the human behind the humor.