Playing outspoken social media guru Kat Edison, Dee shared that the series "struggles to understand the intersections many of its characters live in". She went on to note that there was a lack of a diverse writing team for the show's first two seasons, and that it took three seasons before they brought in a hair stylist who could properly style her natural hair.
Additionally, she also pointed out that there had only been one Black female director across 48 episodes, and there was never a Black head of department despite her character earning the position in the show.
“I’m critical because I care, because I’ve seen firsthand the incredible impact of this show, and I believe in its potential to be better,” she wrote.
From there, the actress critiqued Kat Edison's romantic storylines throughout season four. In recent episodes, her character has become involved with a conservative woman named Ava, whose father supports conversion therapy.
“The decision to have Kat enter into a relationship with a privileged conservative woman felt confusing and out of character,” Dee wrote. “Despite my personal feelings about the choice, I tried my best to tell the story with honesty, even though the Kat I know and love would never make these choices. It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities.”
And she didn't stop there. She went on to address the importance of her character dating a Muslim woman throughout the earlier seasons, saying: "There have never been any queer Black or Muslim writers in the room."
A source close to the show denied parts of Dee's comments to Variety, claiming that The Bold Type had queer women of colour on the writing staff at various points. Producers for the show, Freeform, and Universal Television released the following statement:
"We applaud Aisha for raising her hand and starting conversations around these important issues. We look forward to continuing that dialogue and enacting positive change. Our goal on The Bold Type is and has always been to tell entertaining, authentic stories that are representative of the world that Kat, Jane and Sutton live in—we can only do that if we listen."
Dee concluded her open letter stating that she was having ongoing conversations with writers, producers, and executives and clarified that her comments were “not [a] judgement” but a “call to action.”
She explained, "This is an opportunity to walk the walk, to really practice the things The Bold Type teaches, by acknowledging mistakes and making commitments to be better in the future."