Bunheads Creator Defends Lack of Diversity on Series After Shonda Rhimes' Criticism
Bunheads creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is defending her new ABC Family series after it was criticized last week by Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes for a lack of ethnic diversity.
Last Monday, Rhimes tweeted, "Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn't cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?"
In an interview with Media Mayhem, Sherman-Palladino answered the criticism... sort of. More accurately, she fired back at Rhimes. "Look, I'm not going to get into a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes because she has 15,000 shows on the air, and she's doing just fine for herself," said Sherman-Palladino, who also created Gilmore Girls. "[But] I've always felt that women, in a general sense, have never supported other women the way they should...I think it's a shame, but to me, it is what it is.
Shonda Rhimes disses Bunheads for lack of diversity
"I wouldn't do it," she continued. "I wouldn't go after another woman. I, frankly, wouldn't go after another showrunner."
Sherman-Palladino never truly gave a reason for the show's lack of diversity, other than to point out how difficult it is to launch a show. "It is so hard to get a show on the air, [because of] what you have to do and the layers of bulls--- and fighting and scraping — and particularly this show because our budget was very small and our demands were so high," she said.
Watch the interview below. Whose side are you on?