Word on the Street of “Girls”
Growing up we find ourselves saying, “I want to famous” whether it’s becoming the President one day, or being the next talked about star on a reality show. But beyond becoming famous or not, life presents us with people who will judge and talk about our every move. We find ourselves being critiqued for every move we make, whether it’s good or bad. This role of “critic” has played a very big impact on the HBO hit series Girls. Although it has received many positive and outstanding reviews, there has been one negative issue that keeps coming up time after time; that issue dealing with race.
Lena Dunham, 25, has created, directed, starred and produced the HBO series Girls. Although she is one of the most talked about females in the industry for her creative and hard work, she is also question for why race of other females and characters in general are not portrayed in this series. Viewers say that the only time a person of a different ethnicity was shown was to represent a homeless African American male. The co producer explains the way the show is supposed to be represented by, “Girls is quite simply about spoiled white girls. They have so much privilege that they have developed a sense of entitlement.” This statement can easily go along with our culture, and that it truly does make sense. Although we live in a much diverse world today than it was years ago, white girls are still given this privilege, and that is what this show is all about.
But along with negative critic comments, viewers who agree with the lack of diversity have made their opinions known. Our social media has created the viewer’s feelings and opinions to be known throughout twitter and facebook. On twitter the opinions stated, “Thanks to HBO Girls I now don’t have to travel to NYC to know what it’s like. It’s just all white people.” While another stated, “HBO’S Girls, summarized for you to save the trouble: white girls, money, whining. There now; that’s what all the fuss is about.” These opinions through social media have become a competition about race and power in this world, which is something director Lena Dunham did not want to start. Although it is unfortunate, I think it is clear that viewers do have a right to feel this way, but also understand the message Dunham was trying to represent.
Beyond race, writer Kia Makarechi for the Huffington Post, has found negative comments on the show for being “unsympathetic” as the four main characters all come from privilege backgrounds. All four characters in reality are related to a high leader in the media, which makes this story unrelavent to their lives. But many say that these women cannot help where they came from, and they should have every right to take advantage of this opportunity. Although they may not be able to relate to their characters having no money from their parents or unable to find a job, at least they understand that the average college graduate has to go through these hardships. Which in the end, proves that they are women who understand real life, which so many famous actresses or family members of celebrities go blind to.
The HBO hit series Girls, has won the hearts of many college girls all around the country. The series is funny, and makes us feel right at home to relating to people similar to us. Lena Dunham explains her opinion from the many negative ones by, “Our generation is not just white girls. It’s guys. Women of color. Gay people. The idea that I could speak for everyone is absurd. But what is nice is if I could speak for me and it resonate for people.” This series comes from a moment in her own life, and although many cannot understand why, at least it has impact many young adult women’s lives, which is just enough.
Written by: Ellie Carten