“First Girls. Now Bunheads. Shonda Rhimes is the latest to call out a series on its lack of diversity. After the premiere of the ABC Family series Monday night, the Grey’s Anatomy creator had no qualms tweeting her annoyance with the white-washed cast. “Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show?” she wrote. “NOT ONE?” Rhimes’ tweet soon sparked a debate with her followers. One Twitter user responded to Rhimes, saying that as a white person, she never felt bad when her kids watched black performers. Rhimes, who’s famous for her color-blind casting, was quick to elaborate on her irritation, explaining, “I def don’t feel bad when my kid watches white performers. Not at all what I’m saying.”* So what is Rhimes just saying? I also watched the show with my daughter and the diversity issue was a non-issue in my home. The premise of the show is this small town guy marries a dancer and brings her back to his small town hometown, and there are plenty of small twons in America where the only black faces you will see are on rice boxes and pancake mix. So it this much adieu over nothing or is this a valid issue? Share your thoughts.
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