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Shonda Rhimes scolds 'Bunheads' for lack of diversity


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In a case of art imitating life, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has thrown herself into a real-life soap opera. Rhimes, who is African-American, 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’ long-running ABC hits Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice both feature casts with ethnically diverse backgrounds, and she cast African-American actress Kerry Washington as a Washington power player in her latest show Scandal.

Shortly after the tweet, Rhimes’s followers questioned the charge. She clarified, “I def don’t feel bad when my kid watches white performers. Not at all what I’m saying.” She commended the show for casting a variety of sizes of young women to play aspiring ballerinas and acknowledged she was “a huge Gilmore Girls fan,” which was created by Bunheads’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, “Just pointing out one issue….”

Rhimes’s reps declined comment, and representatives ABC Family had not responded to EW’s requests for comment at time of post.

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