I mean. I watch Girls, and don’t enjoy reading critical butcherings of it, even though I know it is whitewashed, and even though I know that arguments that assert to to interpret it as a stark look-in-the-mirror kind of hyperreal type thing hold up about as well as Lily Allen’s Twitlonger re: her heinous “Hard Out Here” video. I don’t like reading about Girls backlash because while I recognise and admit its many flaws, I think at times it can be so beautifully nuanced, and, particularly early on, it was very funny, and it’s a show that generally addresses things on television that often aren’t addressed on television in ways that are beautifully nuanced and funny.
But then sometimes I read things like the above and wonder - does Lena Dunham have any self-awareness? Can so white and insular a person possibly exist? No, I do not want to read about your “two existential crises” you had “before the age of twenty”. Because doesn’t every white, liberal college educated upper-middle class person have at least two existential crises before the age of twenty?
It is probably things like this, this dichotomy of brilliance and dunderheadedness, that make Dunham a compelling person and make me keep watching her show. But, like, thank goodness for Shoshanna suddenly turning things upside down and playing the voice of reason in S03E06, because the above screen grab + much of season 3 of Girls enters into unbearable territory for me, material that attempts to replicate reality but instead ends up sequestered from it.