Okay. Maybe I have more things to say about Girls. Mostly because other people keep saying things, and now I want another turn at the microphone.
I mostly just want to address other people’s complaints about the series, since my first post on the subject was pretty much a softball and, while I didn’t think the pilot was amazing, I thought it was good. And I have no original thoughts of my own, so it’s easier for me to play off of the thoughts of others.
White Girl Power
The show has a distinct lack of people of color. Yes. Agree. I could accept the four leads being white, but to accept that the people in their lives are all as white as driven snow? Bit of a stretch. I’m sure it’s not intentional, which is small consolation, but it is troubling.
They’re All Unlikable
First of all, I disagree. I liked Dunham’s Hannah quite a bit. Is she a bit spoiled? Yes. Is she a bit of a jerk sometimes? Yes. What’s the problem, exactly? We, as an Internet People, watch a nigh immeasurable amount of TV shows populated by complete assholes with few, if any, redemptive qualities. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Larry Sanders Show, Community… I mean, Girls is no Seinfeld and Dunham is no Larry David, but structural similarities are there.
Secondly, it’s a comedy. In fact, it’s a comedy that specifically calls out the lead character (and other characters) for being selfish, spoiled, or cold. You know, that’s kind of our generation. Take a look at the smarter, funnier corners of Twitter, and you will see people talking about what inept assholes they are. Regardless of whether or not this is true, or right, that’s slowly becoming the comedy of our generation: “We’re pretty terrible a lot, but we’re kind of cute about it, hee hee?” We should be used to seeing unlikability used as a comedic asset.
They’re All Unrelatable
My life is so completely removed from the lives of these women, yet even I can find relatable aspects of their personalities. Hannah is artistically inclined, but practically inept. She makes poor choices romantically and sexually. She’s insecure but not overtly. Honestly, that sounds like a lot of people I know.
Is the money thing a dealbreaker for most people? Is that it? The characters are not particularly wealthy, but they do seem to be slightly more well-to-do than advertised. I’ve been unemployed so long that I can’t even remember my last paycheck, but I don’t really come to TV to find exact replicas of me. Would it be better for me personally if they were poorer and less spoiled? Yeah, it’s possible. Not a dealbreaker, though.
Admittedly, her friends are not entirely relatable at this point, but for me, this is The Lena Dunham Show. She’s the focal point, and I’m happy to keep it that way. Marnie is, to quote Drex, “a cold ass bitch” and not terribly likable, but my reaction to her was, “Oh, I guess she’s the asshole of the group; I’m probably not supposed to like her.” Which is likely inaccurate, but my point is, not everyone has to be likable or relatable.
I wasn’t even aware that this was a thing, until I saw this image.* Can anyone honestly tell me that, if these actresses had zero familial connections to the entertainment industry, you would find this show any more enjoyable than you already do? I mean, I know Bad Company’s drummer has a lot of pull in the TV industry, but either the show is good or the show is bad, and the way the cast and crew got involved is not relevant to me.
Unless you’re a pedophile, raper, murderer, or racist, I don’t care how you got into the position from which you’re entertaining me, as long as you’re entertaining me. If your daddy or your roommate helped get you where you are today, good for you. Now, go do good work.
Nobody has to like this show. I don’t care. It was all right. I’m not picking out curtains for us, but I’m sure we’ll meet again. I just feel like people’s criticisms are a bit on the flimsy side.
* Or is this just observational and not accusational? Maybe it’s not a thing? Whatever.