Girls Season 2: Has Lena Dunham Included One Black Character To Appease Her Critics?

Girls and Lena Dunham have been a revelation for the small screen. A kind of Sex and The City for 'real' woman (although the topic of 'men' comes up nearly as much), Girls has been critically acclaimed, and has thrust Dunham into the comedy limelight. 

If there were one criticism of Girls, it would be Dunham's rather Caucasian depiction of one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world: New York. With such a range of colour and culture in the Big Apple, it's a surprise the show's characters didn't represent the true essence of the city. Still, the actor, writer and director was honest enough to admit that Girls was perhaps a little too white, and vowed to introduce a more multicultural aspect. There were those, of course, who saw introducing more diverse characters for the sake of it as offensive in itself, but most praised the show for being willing to accept their faux pas and adjust accordingly.

However, as Eric Deggans, Tampa Bay Times TV/Media Critic notes, "minutes into Girls' Sunday return, self-described black nerd Donald Glover (NBC's Community)pops up as new beau to Dunham's Hannah Horvath." At the end of the episode, "he's gone; split with Hannah after he criticizes one of her essays and she picks a fight over his political beliefs, angrily spitting a Missy Elliot lyric at him while he's complaining about white women who fetishize dating black men."

So, instead of introducing culturally diverse characters to simply depict New York in its truest form, Dunham et al decided to make a point of their new-found black character, shoehorned into the plot to appease the naysayers. I don't think that's really what they were saying, but oh well. Girls hits screens this Sunday, and there are plenty more episodes to come, so we'll revisit this contentious issue in 10 weeks time. 

 


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