Sherman-Palladino fires back at Rhimes
- Last Updated: 11:36 AM, June 19, 2012
- Posted: 11:05 PM, June 18, 2012
‘Bunheads” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has fired back at network cousin Shonda Rhimes — who blasted Sherman-Palladino’s ABC Family series for its lack of diversity.
“Look, I’m not going to get into a p---ing match with Shonda Rhimes, because she has 15,000 shows on the air, and she’s doing just fine for herself,” Sherman-Palladino told Media Mayhem in an interview posted on YouTube.
“[But] I’ve always felt that women, in a general sense, have never supported other women the way they should,” she said. “I think it’s a shame, but to me, it is what it is.”
Rhimes, who created “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal” — all of which feature ethnically diverse casts and air on ABC Family’s sister network, ABC — took a shot at “Bunheads” on her Twitter feed last week following the show’s June 11 premiere.
“Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show?” Rhimes, who’s African-American, tweeted. “NOT ONE?”
“Bunheads” revolves around an ex-ballerina-turned-Vegas showgirl (Sutton Foster) who becomes a teacher at her mother-in-law’s dance school, located in a quiet coastal town.
The series, which aired its second episode last night, co-stars Kaitlyn Jenkins, Kelly Bishop and Julia Goldani Telles.
Sherman-Palladino tells Media Mayhem that she’s never met Rhimes — and doesn’t directly address the diversity issue. “I don’t do message shows. I don’t give a s--t who you learn your life from,” she said.
“Someone said, ‘Oh god, I hope we don’t see the eating disorder show. You won’t because I don’t give a flying f--k about that.”
She also said she had “a week and a half” to find four girls for “Bunheads” who could dance — and slapped Rhimes for taking shots at another female TV mover-and-shaker.
“I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t go after another woman,” she said. “I, frankly, wouldn’t go after another showrunner.
“It’s been my experience through my entire career that the biggest boosts I’ve gotten and the biggest accolades have always been from men,” she said.
“And I’ve worked for some powerful women.”