Here's the thing -- I really do like America Ferrera -- but just because she gets to be on Ugly Betty, which sends a really great message to young girls, doesn't mean she has to make us feel bad for watching some other guilty pleasure shows.
"Close, genuine female relationships are not what generally gets depicted in movies and TV shows," the actress says in the October issue of Seventeen. "Like, if you're watching The Hills or 90210, all the backstabbing shapes the way we act - you go to school, and you think your job is to find a sworn enemy and be jealous of each other."
America even goes as far as to dog her pal Blake Lively's, um, livelihood. "I mean, I love Blake; she's a wonderful friend of mine, but shows like Gossip Girl kind of condition us to be mean."
The actress says she has"worked with other girls before and it was pretty catty," but admits that filming The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies with Blake, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn was far from a typical day on the Upper East Side. America called the woman-heavy set "one of the most wonderful experiences I've had with girl relationships."
So, yes, certain shows portray young girls as nasty and bitchy -- but, you know what? Some are! And then there are others, like Betty, who aren't. I think girls who are watching these shows know who the "bad girl" is supposed to be. And, if they choose to go that route, it really doesn't have that much to do with if they are watching The Hills or not.
Just my opinion...