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.
"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?