"Gilmore Girls'" Creator Gets in a Pissing Match with "Grey's Anatomy" Creator
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"Gilmore Girls'" Creator Gets in a Pissing Match with "Grey's Anatomy" Creator

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | June 18, 2012 | Comments ()


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Have you folks caught "Bunheads" yet? As I suggested in my review, if you're a fan of Amy Sherman-Palladino's "Gilmore Girls," there's no reason you won't love "Bunheads," as it's basically the same show transplanted from Stars Hollow to a sleepy coastal town, where Lorelai Michelle is now a dance instructor. However, unlike Stars Hollow, this sleepy coastal town doesn't have any people of color, and that doesn't make Shonda Rhimes -- the creator of "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "Private Practice" -- very happy. In fact, after "Bunheads" aired last week, instead of offering up her attagirls, Rhimes 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?"

Well, now that felt kind of unnecessarily bitchy, didn't it? A better tweet might have been, "Dear @abcfbunheads: Great show! However, I would really appreciate it if you could cast a young dancer of color so that my kid can also feel good about watching it."

It took a few days, but Sherman-Palladino did get around to responding to Rhimes' initial Twitter missive in an interview with Media Mayhem (via EW)"

Look, I'm not going to get into a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes because she has 15,000 shows on the air, and she's doing just fine for herself. ... [But] I've always felt that women, in a general sense, have never supported other women the way they should...I think it's a shame, but to me, it is what it is."

Sherman-Palladino, who says she has never met Rhimes before, went on to say that with the increased demands on showrunners -- particularly while getting a new program on the air -- there's no room for criticism among peers. "I wouldn't do it. I wouldn't go after another woman. I, frankly, wouldn't go after another showrunner," she said.

See, Rhimes? A more carefully worded -- and maybe even supportive -- tweet could've avoided all of this rancor. Now, Sherman-Palladino has painted Rhimes as a catty bitch who is unsupportive of women and other showrunners. Guess who wins?

Nobody.

Here's the interview.



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