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?”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.
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"
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.
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.