Lena Dunham responds to the issue of race (and only having white main characters) in Girls.
*EDIT* I just want to say, that while I recognize that it is a problem that people of color are not present as main characters in Girls, I think everyone has to remember that this show is based on her personal experiences, she cast her friends who were actors, and it sucks, but this is the truth of her experiences. I don’t think Dunham PURPOSELY CHOSE to exclude people of color. and I think that it’s really easy to berate her for doing this, but we also forget that she is ONE PERSON and this is her FIRST TV SHOW and hey, look at that, she said that if the show continues she is GOING TO INCLUDE PEOPLE OF COLOR.
I don’t really know what any of you reblogging this want her to say? I think at this point she is doing all she can, as yes, as a white person she has the privilege of not noticing this was an issue until too far into production. I’m not saying it’s right. It’s not. but that’s our culture right now.
Also, this was a short answer “twitter” type format. I just don’t know what you want her to do at this point? she addressed it, she said she wants to fix it. What else could she do? Not what could she have done. but what can she DO in the future! our culture is not going to get past racism, sexism, etc if we just keep being mad at people for what they did, even after they publicly state that they are aware of it and want to change it.
That’s just what I think about it, but I’m also not a person of color, so maybe I will just never understand, and I’m open to discussion about it, but please, don’t turn this into a personal argument.
Fuck that tbh.
I’m not sugar coating this at all. How do you not intentionally make a choice like that when you are the CREATOR of the show and the story takes place in NEW YORK FUCKING CITY?
Stop defending this shit! It’s wrong. It’s basic. It’s twee. It’s generic. It’s wrong.
You know damn well she isn’t going to have a main poc character on that show unless one of those boring ass girls is fucking them. Thanks but no thanks.
I don’t necessarily blame Dunham - I blame HBO and TV culture in general for continuing to nurture an environment where shows like this continue to get green-lit. I agree with the OP on some level - of course there are no POCs on Girls. Dunham’s work is autobiographical. She knows nothing about POCs. She knows her privilege and she knows ~finding herself~~~ and that’s about it. This is her life, and I certainly do not begrudge her her hipsterdom or her “tweeness” - that’s not why I am underwhelmed by the show.
What’s underwhelming is that this show is being touted as some revolutionary product of feminism, a call for diversity amongst TV heroines (“look, she’s a woman, she’s average looking, she’s plump!”) but i’m weary of these things being touted as revolutionary when they are really, really not - at least not in the way that they’re being presented. It’s cute for her that she has this show - I’m sure there are people that will watch it and really love it because it speaks to them - whether or not they can even relate or identify with the character on a racial, financial, whatever level.
But I’m sorry, I just can’t get with this. I don’t need her to apologize for not including brown people on her show. I don’t need her to go pencil in a few scenes with POCs in her next drafts for Season 2. I want writers who want POCs in their work, who don’t have to be reminded, who have different stories to fucking tell. It bothers me that I can flip the channel any given night and see Zooey Deschanel, and Dunham, and Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, and Carrie Brownstein, and Kat Dennings, and it’s like - hey, look, a bunch of quirky girls who have nothing to do with me. These shows are entertaining on one level, but I’m getting weary of seeing this over and over and over again. Hollywood has picked a new formula, a new default that’s just edgy enough without breaking down any real walls.
I think for me Girls is really just the epitome of Hollywood continuing to erase the stories of POCs. But frankly I don’t give a shit if i see a brown person on Dunham’s basic ass show. Fuck her show. I want to see new shows where the Lena Dunham character is a fierce black, Asian, Hispanic, Arab, mixed race, etc. girl who is allowed to have her quirks and flaws and be just as celebrated for it.