'Bunheads' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino responds to Shonda Rhimes' diversity criticism - sort of
Sherman-Palladino was a guest on TheLip.tv's "Media Mayhem" show. Instead of asking for Sherman-Palladino's response to Rhimes' observation that none of the main characters on the ABC Family dance drama are minorities, interviewer Allison Hope Weiner steers the discussion toward her personal opinion that female showrunners shouldn't criticize other women.
Weiner asks Sherman-Palladino, "Do you think that maybe it was inappropriate for another woman to be criticizing another woman showrunner when there are so few on television?"
For her part, the "Bunheads" creator tries to steer the discussion away from Rhimes, saying, "I'm not going to get into a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes, because she's got like 15,000 shows on the air. She's doing just fine for herself."
She responds more generally about women supporting other women, saying, "I've always felt, in a general sense, women have never supported women to the level that they should."
Sherman-Palladino then goes on to discuss the difficulties involved with getting a show on the air:
I wouldn't go after another woman. I frankly wouldn't go after another showrunner. It is so hard to get a show on the air, and what you have to do, and the layers of bulls**t and fighting and scraping -- particularly this show because our budget was very, very small and my demands were so high. I had to find a dance class, and they had to dance at a certain level, and I had to find four girls who could dance on pointe, and also act, and they five you, like, a week and a half to do it. That's how pilots go.
And her own feelings toward so-called "message" shows:
I don't do message shows. I don't give a s**t who you learn your life from. It is about interesting girls and empowerment and strong women and strong voices -- it's hard to get that on the air. So to have that on the air, and to have people watching it and to have it succeed, is only going to make it easier for the next woman, man, transvestite, whoever it's going to be, who's got something special to put it on the air.
For the record, "Bunheads" has put out a casting call for a 17-year-old bossy cheerleader who's Asian, Indian, or African-American to play the role.
Check out the video below, and watch the full interview here. What do you think of Sherman-Palladino's statements? Do you think the interviewer framed her questions fairly?