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Writer Uses ‘Girls’ Creator’s ‘Rounded Shape’ And ‘Complicated Stylings’ As Evidence She’s Not Racist
As I stated last week, I really feel like the white washing of HBO’s new series “Girls” is a non-issue. I think it’s fully within the creator, Lena Dunham’s rights to present a white New York world in a cable show if she so chooses—however unrealistic that may be—and I didn’t see anything particularly racist about it.
From one black person to the next, I think it’s good Hilton Als, a writer for the New Yorker, also defended Lena’s choice to portray the NYC that she does; however the backhanded way he shut down black women in doing so just doesn’t sit well with me. He wrote:
“[I]sn’t Dunham doing women of color a favor by not trying to insert them into her world where ideas about child-rearing, let alone man and class aspirations, tend to be different? John Lennon once said if you want your kids to stay white, don’t have them listen to black music. And I think it’s crazy to assume Dunham hasn’t. She grew up in New York, and you can see it in her clothes and body: no white girl allows herself to look like that if she didn’t admire the rounder shapes, and more complicated stylings, that women of color tend to pursue as their idea of beauty.”
Ahhh, where to begin. Let’s just start with allowing herself to look like that, rounder shapes, and the pursuit of complicated stylings. Way to throw us all into one ghettofied fat heap along with the assumption that a white girl with a little meat on her bones must be trying to keep up with women of color. And then her being a round, odd-dressing New Yorker somehow proves she’s not racist and justifies her not having any people of color in her show?
Hilton would have been better off just sticking to the part where he said, “Dunham is accurately describing the ways in which, once things get sexual in her world, and girls become women, the universe gets polarized, segregated—her female characters are looking for white male validation, which is their right.” All this other BS about pursuing certain complicated ideals of beauty is just that–BS.
What do you think about this writer’s defense of “Girls” and Lena Dunham?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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