Friday, April 20, 2012

Re: Girls {I Still Heart Lena Dunham}


I had this long post drafted about my opinions about Girls that I was all ready to publish. But something just didn't feel right. I realized that the LAST thing the internet needs is another girl defending Lena Dunham's new HBO show simply because she's a girl. So I deleted it and decided to say something different. I'm not going to lie and say I love the show. I'm also not going to bash the show simply because Lena had the audacity to leave out the token black friend from her cast of characters. And I'm not even going to take issue with her eating a cupcake in the bath, because if we're all being honest here, who isn't going to try that move soon? Come on now. There are just SO many people picking the show apart for no reason. And there are just as many defending Girls because it's created by and written by a woman.

As far as the meanies go- Girls isn't responsible for the whiteness of all TV shows. She also isn't repsonsible for twentysomethings mooching off of their parents. Lena Dunham is writing HER reality, not yours. Her character's"entitled" lifestyle, as many critics are calling it, is a fairly common thing. 85% of college grads are moving back home with Mom & Dad. Clearly, SHE isn't to blame for parents bankrolling their kids. Lena is just drawing from real life experiences for her writing! Since when is that a bad thing? If you (as the internet) are so upset about the whiteness of the show and the selfishness of the characters, why don't YOU write your own show? It probably sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but I'm actually not! Who says we can't write for TV? Who says we can't change the things we don't like about the entertainment industry? Who says, who says you're not perfect? Oh wait... This has turned into a Selena Gomez song. Sorry- bad habit. But I'm serious. If there's something you want to bitch about regarding Girls, why don't you do it better yourself? Let her write her show. If you don't like it, don't watch it.

Which brings me to my next main point of contention. We don't have to like Girls simply because it was created by and written by a woman. I'm SO sick of people treating women in comedy like they're vastly inferior to their male counterparts, and deserve some sort of special treatment. Yes, there are less shows on TV being written by women. Yes, they may face challenges breaking into the industry that men don't. But since when is that a reason to warrant uber special treatment? There are so many talented women in comedy in & on TV right now: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Chelsea Handler, Ellen, Maya Rudolph, Zooey Deschanel, New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether, Whitney Cummings, etc. I don't laugh at the jokes on 30 Rock simply because I think Tina Fey wrote them. I laugh because they're fucking funny! Her gender has literally nothing to do with it. It's not like having a vagina makes it REALLY hard to write a funny storyline or joke. Being female doesn't put us at a "funny person" disadvantage. As much as I respect the fact that television and comedy are extremely difficult fields to break into, I don't think we should be treating Lena Dunham with kid gloves just because she has a vag. If the show is funny and you like it- great! But if you can't wrap your head around her characters- you shouldn't have to like it just because she's a female in comedy.

I think we, as women, should support each other as much as possible instead of cutting each other down. Sincerely, I do. Women banding together is a SUPER powerful thing. But at the end of the day, we don't have to blindly support each other just because of our common body parts. Case in point: the Kardashians. They're media moguls, but people have no problem absolutely HATING them. Obviously, we don't have to support them just because they're women. While I'm not suggesting we start hating each other (um, I LOVE the Kardashians), I am requesting that we start treating women in comedy like normal people. Funny or not funny. That's it. If I'm throwing my vote into the ring, I vote Lena Dunham: Funny.


10 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if it's just my screen/laptop but I find your font really tiny and kind of hard to read. Perhaps it's just my computer...but it makes me sad as sometimes my eyes hurt after reading your blog posts, lol...and I don't like that because I love you...and your blog...and want to keep reading :)

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    1. Hmm not sure if it's your computer or just the layout. I'm into teeny tiny font design-wise, but rambling writing-wise. The two don't really go well together haha. Anyway, I changed the font from 11.25 to 12px, just in case! Hope that helps. Thanks for looking out!!

      xoxo

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  2. SPEAK IT, SISTA! Agreed. I love Lena.

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  3. Well said, girl! I haven't seen Girls yet, but I've been feeling that way about women in comedy for awhile now.

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  4. i definitely think that women don't support each other enough, and frankly it's very sad. it's always about a competition when in reality it shouldn't be that way, we should all co exist and support one another!

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    1. Totally. There's room for everyone to find their own success! Competition and mean attitudes just get in the way.

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  5. The fact that women in comedy are often treated with this "special treatment" is precisely WHY people think they need it. Does that make sense?
    I'm so sick of the articles that make it out like it's oh-so-shocking that a woman is funny. It's so tired.
    Anyways, I totally feel you on all of this. : )

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    1. EXACTLY!!!! You totally get me. THANK YOU.

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  6. I need to watch this show.

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