Shonda Rhimes Slams 'Bunheads' Over Lack of Diversity

June 12, 2012 09:14:33 GMT

Criticizing the casting choice of the new ABC Family show, the 'Grey's Anatomy' creator tweets, 'You couldn't cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show?'

Shonda Rhimes Slams 'Bunheads' Over Lack of Diversity
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Having won a number of recognitions at NAACP Image Awards, Shonda Rhimes isn't holding back her criticism over the lack of black actors on "Bunheads". At almost the same time the show premiered on ABC Family, the creator of Golden Globe-winning series "Grey's Anatomy" wrote on her Twitter page, "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?"

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino who also developed "Gilmore Girls", "Bunheads" focuses on Sutton Foster's Michelle, a former ballerina turned Vegas showgirl. She impulsively marries a man, moves to his coastal town and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law's dance school. The show also highlights the relationship between Michelle and four young girls in the dance class, played by Bailey Buntain, Emma Dumont, Julia Goldani Telles and Kaitlyn Jenkins.

The drama series will return with a new episode on Monday, June 18 at 9/8c. In the said outing titled "For Fanny", Michelle's rocky start with her new mother-in-law finally seems to smooth out until an unexpected occurrence turns everything on end. Michelle quickly finds herself back at odds with Fanny, but at the same time wanting to empathize with her. Meanwhile, inspired by Fanny's students, Michelle has an idea to help Fanny face the reality of the situation.

"Bunheads" 1.02 preview:


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posted by E on Jun 12, 2012
There always is that person whomtriesmto bring a great show. Gilmore Girls saw a good amount of diverse characters, and I'm sure there will be more characters. Were only on the first episode for crying out loud.
posted by R on Jun 12, 2012
I think I have to agree with Shonda Rhimes. Why is it so hard to put a ANYONE of color in a show? In a way they are living in a different reality. All the people of color in the show so far are in the background.
posted by mene on Jun 12, 2012
There was at least one asian dancer.
posted by Meme on Jun 12, 2012
You know, I got to this article because I was trying to find out if there were any people of color in this new show so I could see if I could relate to it. I'm so truly sick of seeing white-people-only shows. It's so narcissistic and fake. This is America. The majority of families are mixed with people of all colors, genders, sexual orientations even. You mean you couldn't put one frigging Asian / Latino / Black / Native-American / Indian / NON-WHITE person in a DANCE show? I hope God punishes these people for continuing to be so ugly and RACIST!!!!!!!!!

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