Last week, there was some controversy stirred up about what was otherwise a pretty cheerful show in “Bunheads” — namely in that “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes was upset about the lack of diversity that was being presented on screen. With that in mind, she also said that she was unsure whether or not she wanted her daughter to watch.
So what does the ABC Family show’s own creator have to say about all of this? Basically, she makes a rather interesting argument of her own — even if it does not answer what Rhimes actually said in any shape or form. Speaking to Media Mayhem in a new video interview (which you can see below), Amy Sherman-Palladino felt as though Rhimes was wrong to even come out and criticize not only another showrunner, but also another woman in the industry:
“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 … [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.”
The closest that Sherman-Palladino comes to actually talking about the diversity comes when she later explains that there are limitations when it comes to getting a new show on the air, and many of them force her to cast a number of roles in a short amount of time with a rather small budget to work with. It’s still not really an explanation, but at the same time no television show has been necessarily held responsible to put a certain percentage of minorities in the cast. Also, the lack of minority leads in “Bunheads” (a show about a few select people) feels different than the criticism that has been handed to HBO’s “Girls” — mostly because that series has depicted the entirety of New York City in an unrealistic way when it comes to its multicultural spirit.
What do you think about the response made here towards Rhimes, and do you think that all showrunners should support each other regardless of their opinions?
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