I think it’s also worth mentioning that a writer on the show, Lesley Arfin, is an outspoken racist whose released such gems as Tweeting cute shit like “What really bothered me most about Precious was that there was no representation of ME.”
that caitlin moran tweet is taken out of context, moran later went on to say “Asking every female artist to represent 3.3b women in every project she does is a crippling and unfair request.” Can we not celebrate Dunham creating a truthful and hilarious representation of women without bringing race into it? would we question this if she were a man/writing about men?
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No, it is not taken out of context. No, I will not celebrate a show that depicts an over-represented and privileged group of people living in a world that doesn’t exist.
It is not groundbreaking to show White and light-skinned Jewish women living in New York City. This show is not a representation of modern life, or of life in Brooklyn. Girls shows an extremely whitewashed version of the city, with PoC only making small appearances in stereotypical roles.
It would be different if this were about men. Mostly because, in the US, our television is so full of White men that we barely notice when there are no men of colour on screen. (For example, how many people noticed that only a few men of colour were ever shown on Suits?) However, these shows rarely claim to be a representation of modern life and of the struggles of women. Girls does.
I can’t speak for PoC, but that’s why I’m pissed off. You cannot claim to be representing women while refusing to represent the majority of women.
Dear Lena Dunham: I Exist
Where (My) Girls At?
Without apology (she coughed up an apology for the Precious Tweet, apparently), she is apparently the kind of person who thinks it’s clever to compare President Obama’s skin color to shit, or to say in an interview that the word “nigger” is the one that makes her feel proud to be a writer.
So yeah, I think under-representation of women of color could be one of the lesser of Girls’s racial problems. Ugh.