Should be sleeping, but I just read all 83 comments from this: http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/girls-lena-dunham-2012-4/comments.html#comments
I didn’t even read the article yet, just the comments.
Has anyone see the new HBO series “Girls” I’m not a fan of “Sex in The City” I’ve seen a couple episodes and it’s not my thing. I’ve seen all three episodes of this show so far, and I’m really conflicted about whether I like it, or don’t.
I saw Lena Dunham on Chelsea Lately and I thought she was very charming. So I want to like the show. It’s inspiring a girl who’s only a year older than me has a successful career in the film industry/television one.
I thought she was this middle class girl that worked her way up. I’m not middle class, more lower, but I found it inspiring. A “if she can do it so can I!” thing.
But she’s not middle class. Apparently, her parents are well known artists. No wonder she’s successful so young. That really kind of kills my dreams, more.
But that’s not my problem with the show. The show is “enjoyable” but I didn’t get why people were calling it “radical” “realistic depiction of twenty somethings”. and “nothing like we’ve seen on television.”
Um, excuse me? Have people not seen television shows, or know anyone in their 20ies?
Reading this article, or more accurately the articles comments, is that I don’t think these actors/characters/writers really know what it’s like to be a “normal” 20 something. A lot of people are criticizing it for lack of diversity.
I recently saw a brilliant scene on a show where a character goes in for an audition on a new tv show and the writers tell her they changed the character’s race. She panics and tries to argue that’s unrealistic that a white girl would have a black best friend.
I didn’t know if I should be offended, or accept that’s kind of the norm. Not my norm, but the norm. Most of my close friends are all different races, but most people only have friends that are their race. It’s sad, but a reality. A reality I refused to accept in college, so avoided getting sucked into only hanging out with African Americans. I kind of got hell for it. People didn’t get why I didn’t go to “the black house” and kind of said racist things to me about it. I never responded by giving people a reason. I once told a friend at work, who is black, why I didn’t join black sororities or go to the black house. All my life I’ve mainly been friends with only African Americans, and not because I only liked African Americans, but racial segregation made it where I didn’t see many people outside my race at school, or neighborhood. College is about experience, and learning about other cultures. So I didn’t want to limit myself, because it was the norm.
So anyway, I’ll accept it’s not the norm to have a racial diverse group of friends. So I can’t fault the show for that too much. It just makes me want to make more shows like the ones in the UK and Canada, where race isn’t that much of an issue on their programs. But I can fault the show for a lack of generally knowing how girls/middle class/college educated white girls behave. Or maybe I’m out of touch? A lot of my friends in college where white middle class girls, and they were nowhere near the characters portrayed in the show. So I really don’t know if it’s her or me, but something about the show creates a huge disconnect. I find the show funny, but nothing new and original. I can name at least five shows, besides ‘Sex In The City’, that are similar to ‘Girls’. And I probably will when I do a proper review of it, not a rant like this.
So I’m really conflicted if I should praise this show like most critics for being “radical” or fault it for having a reality I’m not familiar with, or can’t name a person that might find this show accurate.
I do applaud the show just for having female writer, director, etc. and the lead isn’t some fabulous gorgeous girl who has life figured out, and perfect boyfriend. I’ll say those elements are realistic. At 20 no one really has their crap together, and girls do hookup with loser just to feel loved, but I do find the characters’ stupidity kind of annoying.
The only character I kind of like is the British girl, and her cousin. They seem the most realistic.
Anyway, this is just my rant. A proper review coming soon. For now, watch the show and tell me what you think? Is this your life? Is this the lives of your friends? Why do these characters make obvious bad choices? I’ve done stupid things, but did anyone else find the job interview scene, hilarious, but beyond unrealistic?
I have also only read a couple reviews of the show so far, so any inaccuracy oops. I’ll do my research later.