See, THIS is my problem with the show, beautifully articulated by Danielle. Ok, THIS, and the race thing and the wealth thing. I am just… I am tired of these people. I am glad Lena Dunham gets to do a thing, because yay, ladies, and hey, she is not a skinny girl, wooo, but… I am just fucking tired of this same old, never-ending rich white (girl or boy) with first-world problems thing.Awkaward sex scenes don’t make something new or fresh. Just, you know… awkward.
(Also well articulated here.)
(Also also - I wanted to like it more because MAN I love Laurie Simmons. Her work is amazing.)
Wealth and privilege does not invalidate the narrative. It’s problematic, of course, and I’m bothered though not surprised by the complete lack of racial diversity, but other people are already discussing those aspects of this show.
I’m bothered by Girls for the same reason I will never pay American dollars for another Jennifer Westfeldt film after guffawing my way through Friends With Kids: I’ve grown weary of the neurotic white person narrative presented as something new and exciting. I felt like I’d already seen this before I even watched it, the sad girl schlumping her way from one bad fuck to another while shitty jobs and great friends reaffirm her experience as a necessary rite of passage. Haven’t we seen this? Didn’t we live it?