Shonda Rhimes the creative force behind hit dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal recently got into a little twitter tête-à-tête over ABC Family’s new show ‘Bunheads.’

The show follows a down on her luck dancer who takes a job teaching ballet. Although Rhimes has commended the show for casting women of various sizes, she had a little critique for her ABC compadres: Where are the women of color?

After watching the show, 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?”

Rhimes’ shows are known for their diversity and she often casts actors of various ethnicities, so her jab at ‘Bunheads’ seems valid. But some of her followers didn’t feel the same way. After asking Rhimes if she only wanted her children to see actors of color on screen, Rhimes reminded her fans that all she strives for is inclusivity.

“I def don’t feel bad when my kid watches white performers. Not at all what I’m saying,” she explained, adding: “Just pointing out one issue….”

While many have discussed the lack of diversity on network television, Rhimes is in the position to actually do something about it. With her hit drama Scandal Rhimes created a primetime show anchored by a black woman (Kerry Washington). But for every role Rhimes writes and casts for minorities, her colleagues seem to be overlooking them.

So should more people with Rhimes’ stature start speaking out about the lack of diversity on network TV?

You tell us! 

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  • Terry

    I am very very very tired of “diversity”. When I see an American who happens to be of African origns I don’t think, “Oh I see a black person.” I simply see another person. If people want to see classes of people and then emphasize that class or lack of people of that class, namely, “Hey where are the black people”, you will get diversity alright but at the same time you will create the very thing you ostensibly are trying to avoid – discrimination. Discrimination for a good reason is just as bad as discrimination for a bad reason. We are all Americans period. When I watch “Crosby” or Prince of Bel Air, I don’t think, where are all the white people. I simply enjoy watching the people. I am afraid the author is a bigot but for all the politically correct right reasons.

    • Grant

      You don’t know how grateful I am that you consider everyone Americans, when it’s convenient for you. I don’t know how many times I have seen this same little line said by white folks in order to avoid a conversation or take ownership of a problem. If in fact, we were all Americans you would not even have to say it. The unpleasant truth is that to a lot of people, we are not Americans but “other” and are citizens in nomenclature only but not functionally or legitimately. When I see that line it is never said genuinely or in a way in which I can be reassured but it is always in the “shut up black people, you guys can vote so stop complaining” tone. I am tired of it. One day, we may be considered Americans but it is the attitude of people like you, selectively deciding when we are and are not Americans that keeps pushing that day back.

  • Sims

    Haven’t seen the show, but I agree that some diversity needs to be in there. I’ve been critical of some of the things Shonda Rhimes displays in her shows, but not for main casting script writing! The simple fact is that there are women of color who are ballet dancers and that needs to be accurately portrayed. Laziness or indifference, but it should be corrected.

  • omfg

    lucky for me, i don’t watch tv, unless i encounter something on hulu i wanna watch.

    i only watch those things that don’t irritate or insult me. i don’t care about this show or most shows actually. i don’t expect them to do right by me.

    shonda is doing her own thing and, imo, she should focus on making sure her shows reflect her values AND stay on the air. talking about how white people continue to only see themselves is pointless. for the most part, they do not care.

    • Willy

      It wasn’t an insult.