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Sorry But Criticizing A TV Show For Its Lack Of Diversity Does Not Equal “Woman Hate”

June 22nd, 2012 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

I’ve heard this argument in discussions about the lack of diversity on HBO’s Girls and I’m hearing it again now with ABC Family’s Bunheads. The argument is: If you’re criticizing this show, which is for, by, and about girls/women, you’re misogynist.


This week, Bunheads creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Gilmore Girls fame, responded to criticism made by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes about the lack of diversity on Sherman-Palladino’s new series about ballerinas with this exact argument:

“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.

Showrunner-to-showrunner professional courtesies aside–think how awkward running into each other in the ladies’ room at the Emmys will be!–Sherman-Palladino’s assessment of the situation, not to mention her assertion of victimhood, is utterly facile and self-serving.

Here is Rhimes’ actual tweet:

It’s important to note here that Rhimes directed her criticism at @abcfbunheads, the official Twitter for the ABC Family show. ABC Family is a subsidiary of Disney-ABC, which owns all of the shows Rhimes has developed, created, or had her name attached to since her TV career began. In reality, her tweet is less an attack on Sherman-Palladino than a calling-out of the network Rhimes has made richer. The people who resent the lack of diversity criticism directed at shows like Girls and Bunheads will be the first to tell you that the lack of diversity on TV is a systemic problem. Which is why Rhimes being called a woman-hater for pointing out that there isn’t even one non-white ballerina on Bunheads Continue reading Sorry But Criticizing A TV Show For Its Lack Of Diversity Does Not Equal “Woman Hate”

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BABEWATCH: Pretty Little Liars’ Eric Steinberg

January 4th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Pretty Little Liars is a terrible show, but I’m not going to lie: I’m hooked on it. The series, which centers around a group of girls dealing with the fallout from the murder of one of their besties, Alison, aspires to be like Twin Peaks for teens, or, as I like to call it, Tween Peaks (and yes, I coined that term), but it lacks the psychological depth to actually pull it off. So while the murdered girl is the show’s alleged raison d’etre, it’s really about its other mysteries. Like, how Aria is kind of a dead ringer for Winnie Cooper, albeit a miniature one. Or how the teacher Aria’s hooking up with, Mr. Fitz, would be cute only the haircut they’ve given him is all wrong and makes the top of his head look giant. (Not to mention the fact that he wears vests all the time, which is just, eww.) Then there’s the question of whether Emily is really gay or just a LUG and either way, what does she see in that creepy sisterfucker Toby Cavanaugh besides his mixtape-making abilities?

Or, like, who is that hot piece who plays Emily’s father, Lt. Col. Fields, just back from Afghanistan, who was heavily featured in last night’s season premiere, wherein Emily comes out to him?

This is what I can tell you about that: His name is Eric Steinberg. He’s Judasian. He used to be on The Young and the Restless. According to Wikipedia, his father is a professor of Asian studies at Georgetown, and his mother is Korean soprano Ann Myungsook Lee. Also: his wife on Pretty Little Liars is played by Nia Peeples, and his daughter is played by Shay Mitchell, both of whom are of Filipino descent, which means the Fieldses, who are ethnically ambiguous on the show, are officially one of us. One mystery–solved!

[Pretty Little Liars official site]

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"I’m an Aries."

February 15th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Do any of you remember Jamie Chung from The Real World: San Diego a few years back?

That ok, we barely remember her either. If you do, perhaps what you best recall is that on the most boring season of The Real World ever, there was once the most boring reality cast member ever, and that, my friends was zzZzzJamiezzZzZzz.

You’ll be glad to know that Jamie hasn’t given up her average pursuit for fame since her lackluster television “debut,” and is still mowing her way through the challenging world of swimsuit modeling (Jen said today, “well, I guess that makes sense”) and acting.

Rest assured that her sound bytes haven’t gotten any more interesting:

“I like to show skin so LA is a perfect place for me.”

“I think I’m single because I’m really busy.”

“I go on a lot of auditions.”

“I travel a lot.”

“I’m an Aries.”

…but her Photoshop-enhanced, bulbous rack sure has.

Never one to leave a snoozer in the fray, wonderbread network ABC Family, led by Paul “Not Like Bruce” Lee, has jumped to the rescue. He recently announced the net’s new series, Samurai Girl, which will star Chung in a fascinating femme fatale role:

“Samurai Girl,” based on the popular young adult novels, centers on 19-year-old Heaven (Jamie Chung), a Japanese girl who learns that her adoptive father is the head of the Yakuza and possibly had her brother murdered. She leaves her family to train in the ways of the samurai and to plot against her father’s evil empire with the help of her new American friends.

So funny, How often do you find yourself singing while walking around the house: “Oh, I get by with a little help from my American friends?”

Man alive! We do believe that retarded tingles we get while reading the Samurai Girl short treatment are the only things keeping us awake. If Jen and I can keep our eyes open until the show premieres, we’ll be maybe sure to possibly watch an episode or two.

Thanks, jRu!

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