6.13.2012

Uh, Shonda Rhimes? You Gave Us Meredith Grey & the Prez

In a case of art imitating life, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has thrown herself into a real-life soap opera. Rhimes, who is African-American, 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?”

Rhimes’ long-running ABC hits
Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice both feature casts with ethnically diverse backgrounds, and she cast African-American actress Kerry Washington as a Washington power player in her latest show Scandal.

Shortly after the tweet, Rhimes’s followers questioned the charge. She clarified, “I def don’t feel bad when my kid watches white performers. Not at all what I’m saying.” She commended the show for casting a variety of sizes of young women to play aspiring ballerinas and acknowledged she was “a huge Gilmore Girls fan,” which was created by Bunheads‘ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, “Just pointing out one issue….”

Representatives for Rhimes and ABC Family had not responded to EW’s requests for comment at time of post.


~ Inside TV, "Shonda Rhimes scolds 'Bunheads' for lack of diversity"
I find it amusing that this criticism comes from the same woman who unleashed Meredith Grey upon the world...not to mention the Prez, along with back to back to back presentations of BW/WM.

Come on, Shonda. You've been in this business how long? You know the game. For every character of color - any color - on a show, there's a sea of white faces to "balance them out". And for every (rare) show where the lead is a POC, there's an all-white show just around the corner to "balance it out".

Which is why when Tweeters reportedly asked her if she wanted her kid to only watch POC, Shonda couldn't say what most mothers of color really want to say: Hell, yes.

I am sick.to.death of POC being put on the defensive when we are the ones being systematically barred from mainstream media. I bet it was white folks who asked her that, because while they dread and condemn being excluded from anything, they never hesitate to deliberately and consistently exclude everybody else.

Negro, please.

I hope Bunheads gets axed the way all these bland, boring, pointless, and unoriginal white shows seemed to be getting axed in record time lately (Amaya can elaborate).  And may the actresses' careers go absolutely nowhere afterward.

*nods*

Amen.

6 comments:

  1. I don't see those shows lasting long. That's why I'm not crying whenever I hear about how Hollywood is suffering and it's on the brink of collapsing.

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    1. And it most definitely needs to collapse.

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  2. Just gonna lay this right here...

    http://www.amaya-radjani.com/2012/05/whats-wrong-with-this-picture.html

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  3. Yet they get pissed when we don't want to play in their rigid reindeer games anymore.

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  4. I love Shonda Rhimes she's definitely a BGN (BlackGirlNerd) in my book and I respect what she has done for prime time TV and creating multi-cultural casts and not being afraid to flaunt love across color lines...BUT:

    I take issue with the fact that on Grey's Anatomy that the black characters on the show does not engage in the fun, flirty, sexual adventures as their white counterparts. The last 2 seasons Miranda FINALLY got some with her new beaus and Dr. Webber last season had a pretty intense seen with actress Debbie Allen. But c'mon this show has been on for 7 seasons now! I can only assume the backlash Rhimes have received led to this change in the storylines of these characters.

    Scandal on the other hand is off to a great start. I guess it helps having Kerry Washington as the protagonist who is ultimately desirable to ANY man. I think Shonda is still learning and finally easing her way into showing black characters as sexy, yummy, desirable beings who have just as much fun as their white counterparts.

    I'm tired of seeing Black Women on primetime being depicted as the court judge, principal, or doctor in these respected positions where they cannot be seen as "getting their groove on" or having sexually deviant behavior while balancing a life of living in those respected positions. It is possible to have both you know....

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  5. I take issue with the fact that on Grey's Anatomy that the black characters on the show does not engage in the fun, flirty, sexual adventures as their white counterparts. The last 2 seasons Miranda FINALLY got some with her new beaus and Dr. Webber last season had a pretty intense seen with actress Debbie Allen. But c'mon this show has been on for 7 seasons now! I can only assume the backlash Rhimes have received led to this change in the storylines of these characters.

    THANK YOU. Why did it take so long? And where the interns' inner circle was concerned, why wasn't, say, Izzie cast as a Black woman? A fabulous Black model who put herself through med school - Gabrielle Union or Meagan Good could've knocked that out with both hands tied behind their backs!!!!

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