Friday, January 11, 2013

Is Lena Dunham Saying Fuck You to Critics Who Called Her Racist?

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

This is definitely not a Fuck you, haters.
  • "This is definitely not a 'Fuck you, haters.'"

No. She's not. Or at least that's what Dunham claims in an interview she did with New York Magazine. When asked whether or not the fact that she appears naked and straddling actor Donald Glover within the first few minutes of the season premiere is a nod to the critiques that the Girls cast is monochromatic in a way that doesn't reflect the population of Brooklyn, Dunham responded, "It definitely wasn’t a 'Fuck you, haters!' That’s not really how I tend to roll my game." Cool. So that's settled then? Dunham is not saying "Fuck you." She doesn't roll that way. Except, wait.

Dunham continues on to say, "at the same time, it [casting Glover] was a pretty clear statement that we are comfortable, that there isn’t a political agenda against having black characters in the show." Well, I'm certainly glad that's settled. In sum, Lena Dunham isn't racist because her character sleeps with a black guy. This is certainly—without a doubt—how you know that someone isn't racist. Personally, I didn't realize that I wasn't anti-Semitic until I married an Israeli. Then it was all, oh, cool! Haters can go fuck themselves, because look who I sleep with at night.

Anyway, I never really jumped on the whole "Girls is racist" bandwagon because, well, society is racist and it's segregated in the places where we don't expect it to be. There are plenty of young, white women in New York who have little to no interaction with people of different races or, for that matter, economic backgrounds. It's sort of shitty and ridiculous and not really the norm but also not some wild exception. I guess what I'm saying is that it would be pretty cool if the world was perfect, but even if it was, do we really need our tv shows to be perfect too?

Actually, what is perhaps more notable than the fact that Dunham and Glover are an interracial couple is the news that Glover's character is also a Republican. Which, gross. Also, TOTALLY unrealistic. There is no way any self-respecting young Brooklyn woman would ever date a Republican. Dunham even says that her character, Hannah, "doesn’t really have a clear sense of why you shouldn’t date a Republican; it’s kind of just like the same reason why you shouldn’t date a Nazi: You just shouldn’t." And Dunham is mostly correct except that, really, most Republicans are worse than most Nazis. Not all Nazis, mind you. But most.

Noted Democrat genius, Katy Perry.
  • Noted "Democrat genius", Katy Perry.

Besides the whole racism issue and the whole Republicans/Nazis thing, Dunham also addresses another controversial topic, namely, her love for Taylor Swift. Dunham tells New York that she "just loves Taylor Swift" and that "anyone who thinks Taylor Swift isn’t good for the girl cause has to be crazy, because any woman who’s dominating the charts, the creative director of her own empire, and made whatever millions of dollars last year is only lifting us up."

So, Lena Dunham really, really likes Taylor Swift and also, as it turns out, Katy Perry. Dunham says that Perry, "is a brilliant, hilarious Democrat genius." That's right—a "Democrat genius." So, definitely not a Nazi, in case you were wondering. Dunham also says some stuff about Drake and about her camp boyfriend who is not famous but who wanted to be "a rapper" and it is, overall, a very charming interview, even though I still don't really like Taylor Swift, which means that maybe I'm supposed to, according to Dunham, "Just go home and listen to [my] German techno and leave [her] alone." Which, yeah. That makes perfect sense. I have no sense of joy. I really don't.

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