America Ferrera Slams ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘The Hills’

By: Betsy Waldman / September 12, 2008

In the October issue of Seventeen, America Ferrara, 24, speaks out against the backstabbing debutantes bitch-slapping their way across small screens these days.

According to Us, the Ugly Betty actress feels that ”shows like Gossip Girl kind of condition us to be mean.”

She adds, ”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.”

Or, if you’re 90210′s Shenae Grimes, you think it’s your job to do all that at your actual job.

But Ferrara’s own show, Ugly Betty, doesn’t exactly provide a perfect model of female behavior.

Plot lines include a woman stealing a dead man’s sperm and a tranny faking her death to steal a publishing company from her unsuspecting brother.

Then again, Ugly Betty‘s cast is composed of mostly adults. The girls who watch The Hills and Gossip Girl would never imitate anything a gross, old adult would do. Or wear. Ew!