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Amy Sherman-Palladino Responds to Shonda Rhimes Comments: ‘I Don’t Do Message Shows’

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Last week, wildly successful female showrunner Shonda Rhimes hit Twitter to express her dismay at the lack of diversity on fellow successful female showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new project, Bunheads. (“Hey @abcfunheads: Really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?”) Predictably, the Gilmore Girls creator was asked about the comments on the Internet talk show Media Mayhem last week; a good chunk of the interview was devoted to shaming Rhimes for criticizing another woman (Sherman-Palladino stayed away: “I’m not going to get in a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes”). Sherman-Palladino never addressed the race issue point blank, but she did defend the casting choices in the context of a rushed schedule. “I had to find four girls who could dance on point, and also act, and they give you, like, a week and a half to do it. That’s how pilots go.” Then she added: “I don’t do message shows. I don’t give a shit who you learn your life from.” And she doesn’t give a “flying fuck” about eating disorders. Well, that is … honest.

Amy Sherman-Palladino Responds to Shonda Rhimes