Why are there so many stories about "Girls," of which we've seen exactly two episodes? Where are all the pieces taking television studios and networks to task for commissioning shows created and run by middle-aged, upper-middle-class, heterosexual white men?
Lena Dunham wrote, directed and stars in an indictment of her own spoiled self, and was her own target long before she was the target of this current blast of criticism. She's roasting herself, on HBO, and she's wearing granny panties.
Though a majority of the backlash stems from racism claims and jealousy towards 25-year-old creator/director/writer/star Lena Dunham, the thing I couldn't get past in the first episode of "Girls" was a cupcake.
Granted, these are early days. But so far what I've observed is exactly the opposite of what I would've thought. It's not the women from middle-class, college-educated backgrounds dressed in funky business casual who exert the most authority in their own lives.
If you are an unapologetic capitalist you will suffer less public scrutiny than if you are someone who is trying to do something meaningful with your life. The focus morphs from the meaning of the message to suspicions of opportunistic motives.
The thing which no one seems willing to say about Girls is that it's shit. Yeah, I've read everything else. It's not representative. True. It's about whiny, rich, white girls. True. We all know if it was good, no one would be complaining.