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Grey's Anatomy Creator Shonda Rhimes Chastises Bunheads!

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If you tuned into the premiere of ABC Family’s Bunheads this past Monday, you might’ve noticed something was missing…and no, not Sutton Foster’s clothes!

The lack of diversity within the cast is clearly noticeable, especially with its all-white group of dancers!

One TV bigwig has taken note of this and is now speaking, er, tweeting out!

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes took to her Twitter after the show’s debut earlier this week, saying:

“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 then went on to clarify that she didn’t mean white performers make her feel bad and that she also wasn’t picking on Bunheads and Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Shonda tweeted some more about the issue, stating:

“did love seeing girls of all shapes and sizes. That was great. Am a huge Gilmore Girls fan. Just pointing out one issue…”

Rhimes does make a good point, though. We DO need more diverse casts in TV AND film!!

Though if anyone’s going to complain about anything regarding the show's premiere, can we please bring up that ending?! Come ON!

Talk about cutting right to the chase! Ha!

We're definitely interested to see more of this show…and if any new characters get added into the mix!

[Images via ABC Family & WENN.]

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37 comments to “Grey's Anatomy Creator Shonda Rhimes Chastises Bunheads!”



  1. 1

    So she only feels good about her daughter watching shows of there are black people in it? Casting directors can chose whoever they want, get over it. If I am watching a TV show or movie I don't care what race the actors are I care about how good it is. Seriously, what a crappy way to live life, always finding something to bitch about.

  2. Magpie says – reply to this


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    Ummm seriously? So, what about classic shows like Fresh Prince???? No white people there. Meet the browns? House of pain? It's like white people don't even exist in their world!!! Stop playing the race card people!!!! Haven't you heard? White people are the minority in this country now. So, can I pull out the race card all the time now, too? Jesus Christ!

  3. Innerestinggggggg.... says – reply to this


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    I love how commenters automatically associated "people of color" with "black people." It almost goes directly to proving her point. "Their" world, though? LOL.

    And as a "Person of Color," I'm sad Perez doesn't use his platform(s) to educate some of his readers about diversity and inclusion.



  4. 4

    I love how diversity is rammed down everyones throat. I wonder if she would complain if it were an all black cast? Nah. She probably wants to eat them all.



  5. 5

    Perhaps the director/creator/whomever found that the people who were truly the best in the auditions all happened to be white. In the end, it's the quality that matters. Should professional orchestras start giving jobs to black musicians, regardless of how well they perform compared to their non-black counterparts, just to increase black representation? Come on. That's not even remotely fair to expect shows to increase the ethnicity spectrum representation on their shows just to ease people's insecurities. It's hard to take Shonda seriously, anyway, considering that her big claim to fame is creating Grey's Anatomy, which is a RIDICULOUS show. Popularity isn't necessarily proportional to quality. Without fail, so many people end up getting on their narcissistic high horses once they get fame and/or wealth. This sounds like an insult, but I don't intend it that way: Shonda should seriously be far more concerned with her weight than what kind of cultural diversity is shown on Bunheads. Being that heavy is unacceptable, and *that* sets a bad example for her kids.

  6. maria says – reply to this


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    Well she should first teach her child that people ARE PEOPLE REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE so ideally there should not be unfair preferences for black hispanic white girls, what does she now, maybe these girls were just right for the role, I catually find it demeaning when in hollywood and in commercial they HAVE to HAVE to black/asian/hispanic character that is more of an accessory more than a character, that I think is not sending a good example to people.

  7. JD says – reply to this


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    Ridiculous! I am tired of turning on the television and seeing the obvious diversity placement in commercials and tv shows. You know, the commercials where there is one white girl, one black boy, one hispanic boy, one asian girl and a boy in a wheelchair. It is so forced and obvious, that it's not enjoyable. The best way to show racial diversity is in a way where you don't even realize it. Some shows do it well. Some don't.

    As far as Bunheads go, if you moved to my small town, you wouldn't see any people of color. Not because we are a KKK headquarters, but because that's just the racial makeup of our town.



  8. 8

    Re: maria – I agree. My dad is an engineer and his company made a brochure once and he said that the photographers sought out people of other races. He said the guy was like "okay lets have the black guy and the Asian guy stand next to the Hispanic woman". And he said some of the people they used didn't even work in the department, they just used them to make the company look diverse. So silly.



  9. 9

    I am outraged that sister sister and every other show on UPN does not have enough Asians, Latinos, and Gays. It's racist! It”s bigoted! IT'S THEIR RIGHT TO CREATE WHATEVER THE FUCK THEY WANT TO.

    Shonda Rime and her glee loving ass fuckers need to shove the racial tokenism up their fucking holes. Last time I checked, ballet was in fact a very white phenom.

    Lets all attack Darren Arronofsky, Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershy and Winona Ryder too while we're at it. Black Swan was racist. There were no blacks!!!!!! Wahhhhh!



  10. 10

    Isn't it all down to talent and acting? If 10 girls auditioned and the best were of a certain ethnicity they should get the role. You shouldn't hire an actress just because they would add diversity to the show. I didn't watch Bunheads, but if the actresses that got hired are the best that auditioned then there is nothing wrong with that. The show is about ballet dancers, shouldn't her children relate to that and not to what color skin the girls have or what ethnicity they are? I am able to watch shows and relate to characters that have a different skin color than me based on the character alone. I don't look at white girls and say "Oh they are white, I'll relate to them much more." It is kind of sad she feels that way.



  11. 11

    Re: Innerestinggggggg…. – Ummm that makes zero sense whatsoever. As an Asian person, I think Shonda Rimes is an asshole for only having one asian ever on her show yet the nerve to attack white people for being racist. She is just as racist. Why don't you complain about that?

    It is not your job, perez's job or anybody else's job to function as the racial quoata police when there are so many other incongruities to the race issue in tv. Please, be quiet you holier than thou, sanctimonious wart of human being.



  12. 12

    So that young white girl who may be the better actress doesn't get the part simply because the show has to have color? Yea.. THAT'S FAIR.



  13. 13

    And this ladies and gentlemen is why racism will never go away! This idiot seems to think that race is still important on a stupid tv show in order for her kid to watch it…really?? I like to teach my child to feel good about herself just for being her! I dont base everything on "identifying" with a character (be it reality or not) on effing television…jesus.

  14. hanna says – reply to this


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    she obviously hasnt watched other abc family shows.. and its the first episode.. how can she judge that already ? people just always need something to bitch about! live and let live

  15. Mimi says – reply to this


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    The show takes place in a very small town, that seems to have a demographic (judging by the partygoers at the wedding party) of primarily Caucasian. It would have made little sense to throw some girls in the mix that wouldn't have lived in the area. I came from a very small town that, in a high school of about 500 people there was one black girl. ONE. Who knows if the town this takes place in isn't similar? And yes, ballet is a sport that is for people with specific types of bodies. Tall, slender, long lean limbs. I know there are many women of color out there who fit this category but for the most part, its a body type of a Caucasian girl. No racism there! Just demographics.

  16. Tina B says – reply to this


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    Yeah, because the Cosby Show was so diverse!

  17. MRiba says – reply to this


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    For those of you complaining about all of the predominantly black shows on TV, you DO realize that the amount of shows with an all black-cast are the minority on television, right? Things like that started BECAUSE of the lack of diversity on mainstream television. It's the same with historically black colleges. They began because blacks weren't welcome on white campuses.

    Secondly "People of color" does not automatically mean black. Stop assuming that it's only blacks who feel like they're underrepresented or misrepresented in the media. It's not racist to want to feel more included.

    And Magpie, you said "white people are the minority in this country now." You're joking, right? As a white person, regardless, they will always have a privilege in this country that no black, latino, or Asian will ever experience.



  18. 18

    SO fucking sick of the race card.. Did she ever stop to think that for ONE MIN there was NO women of color that fit the role? Or that they didnt try out? Gimme a fucking break lady. SO Sick of people bitching there are not enough black folks in roles today. None on the bachelor none on bunheads who gives a fuck. What about The Game or The Parkers Or House of Pain. NOT one single white person on any of those shows.



  19. 19

    Re: Innerestinggggggg…. – Dude are you kidding me? You make zero sense in this comment. retrofine says is 100 percent correct in their post to you.



  20. 20

    Can NOTHING be discussed without race coming into it? Whatever happened to discussing the actual MEAT of the show? The characters, the writing, the acting? Why do we have to talk about what color the actors are?

    Does she even realize that in a lot of these small towns, there IS NOT a lot of diversity?

  21. someonehad2 says – reply to this


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    Blood runs red in everyone. I'm think this kind of criticism is really unevolved, superficial and outmoded. Skin color isn't identity. Identity is identity.

  22. someonehad2 says – reply to this


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    Blood runs red in everyone. I think this kind of criticism is really unevolved, superficial and outmoded. Skin color isn't identity. Identity is identity.

  23. Innerestinggggggg…. says – reply to this


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    Re: retrofine – 1)Where did I attack "white people?" Still looking for a point in my comment where I referred to a specific race being the target of my comment. 2)Where did I endorse the idea of tokenizing individuals to meet a "racial quota? 3)Shonda Rhimes has been fighting for years to establish a more diverse ensemble of characters on primetime TV! The fact that there has only been one person of Asian descent is the ultimately the network's decision, not hers. Sounds like someone is insecure, projecting, and has difficulty hearing opinions that differ from theirs. Do your research, educate yourself. Try expanding your mind and vocabulary so you won't have to result to childish name calling to get your point across.

  24. FLpunkgirl says – reply to this


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    I don't get it. I'm white, and I don't care if my daughter watches something with a cast consisting of all black people. Or all Asian. Or all Indian. I don't need any particular race represented to make me feel good about what she's watching.



  25. 25

    I agree with Shonda & Bunheads is just stupid. Badly written rip off comedy. The name itself is what girls in Florida call themselves when it is too humid to wear their hair down.
    They've been saying that since the 80's i.e. "We are going to the Epcot Center tonight but it so humid I'm going as a bunhead". So UNOriginal with the title right there. It will last 1 season….maybe.

  26. Not A Fan says – reply to this


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    Grow Up Shonda Rhimes.



  27. 27

    Re: Tina B – Fuuny response BUT the Cosby Show & a few others were the 1st all black cast shows after 40 years of only white people shows. They could a few different ethnicities in the show it would be more believable for 2012.



  28. 28

    OMG after reading all the comments here I take it 99% of your fan base are white Perez "Cubano" Hilton. Wow… thats is SAD!
    Okay welp, I just feel this 2012, go to say, some small town, Prescott Az maybe & I guarantee you will see 50% whiteys & 50 % of a mix hispanic, Italian american, persian, native American. This show is stuck in 1978. Its a lame show anyway. Shonda maybe on her soap box, as am I but it has to be said. Why can't we have more Norman Leer type shows (& that was 1974!) and less Chuck Lorre or who ever produces this show for idiots.



  29. 29

    Oh Shondra, no worries, only an asshole would watch a show called Bunheads.



  30. 30

    Ugh, she's such a hypocrite. I don't know how many times she's gone on about her "blind casting" and that she thinks any race should be able to represent any character and that when she created Grey's she picked the best people not the colour of their skin and she prided herself on the fact Isaih Washington originally auditioned for Derek. But she gave the role to Patrick because he was better for the part. And yet no one jumped down her throat because her lead couple at first was both white. How does she know that's not exactly what the showrunners here did? That they had an open audition and picked whoever was best. It makes no sense at all that she can judge anyone.

    Besides as other people said, it takes place in small town America…it's entirely possible to believe that it's predominantly white. Where I grew up was and still is. In my entire school we had one black family, one Indian…so to me, that makes sense. Of course her show takes place in Seattle…which had more Asians than it has Hispanics or African Americans but you wouldn't get that from watching Grey's so maybe she should just shut her mouth.



  31. 31

    It's own opinion. If she thinks that the show should have more people of color, she has the right to say so. And why aren't more diversity? Not necessary bunheads but just tv in general.

  32. shawna says – reply to this


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    interesting how no one ever complains about diversity issues with any typer perry movies

  33. ocean11 says – reply to this


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    Leave it to a black women to bring up a racial issue. Seriously get over it already. If your a 'creater' create your own damn show. get over it.



  34. 34

    I think most people are assuming she meant black people when saying people of color, because she is black. Anyway it is possible that the best dancers/actors got the part, why cut the best person for the job in order to have a person of color, that would be just as unfair. I think the person who does best should get the job regardless of what they look like. As someone else said, I wouldn't mind for my child to watch an all black cast, or Asian cast, or Indian cast, or whatever if the show was good. I don't think she had a good argument for her not feeling good about her kids watching it. Not letting them watch it would be just as bad as she thinks no person of color is. I am white and growing up I watched Fresh Prince and Cosby Show and I LOVED them both.

  35. nettabooo says – reply to this


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    Re: Innerestinggggggg…. – Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Meet the Browns are both shows about black families. This show is about a dance school, there is generally not a lot of diversity within a family but at a school you would expect to see at least one girl of color. I mean honestly she couldn't cast one hispanic or asian or black or middle eastern girl for this show?

  36. Peter says – reply to this


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    Shonda,

    I will no longer watch your shows. Just shut your mouth. You have totally turned me off.

  37. Rita says – reply to this


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    Shonda needs to be a better example to her daughter and lose some weight.