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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.

Bullshit.

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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Network TV, The Great White Hope

November 30th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

CONGRATULASIANS TO MAGGIE Q!!!

Lovely, leggy Q

Her show, Nikita, is now the only scripted network show starring a person of color who isn’t in an ensemble! She’s made it through the great white gauntlet! Phhhhhhhheeww.

Well that’s pretty fuckin’ sad, now isn’t it?

[Charlotte Observer: It's Still Pretty Pale At The Top]

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NBC’s "More Colorful," Except When It Comes To People

September 21st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

In the last week, you may have noticed that NBC’s launched a new marketing slogan in its promos: “More Colorful.”


NBC Entertainment marketing president Adam Stotsky told Variety that “color is what we strive to do in our programming” and the slogan signifies “innovative programming” (like the unabashedly hacky Jay Leno Show, for example).

We think theTVAddict.com has a better take on NBC’s new tagline, however:


Meanwhile, if you still care, the fourth season of Heroes premieres tonight. Now there’s an NBC show with more colorful people!


Or, uh, more corolfur, as it were.

[theTVAddict.com: NBC (Unintentinally) Brings Back the Funny with their New Marketing Slogan]
[Entertainment Weekly: Diversity in Entertainment: Why Is TV So White?]

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