Now that HBO’s Girls has finally premiered, the hate can officially begin. Anything that had that much critical hype was bound that have a strong backlash. One of the critiques I was prepared to read/hear was the lack of diversity on the show.
If you don’t know, Girls is the brainchild of Lena Dunham who also stars. It is about a group of twenty-something girls who try to survive romantically, socially and professionally in Brooklyn. They aren’t successful with rich problems like the ladies of Sex and the City. It’s really the anti-Sex and the City except for the fact that they also live in a corner of New York where they don’t know anyone of color. The thing is I don’t have a problem with that.
Sure, I would love it if they were a diverse group of women because there would be so much more material to explore but let’s be honest for a second. As a person from New York, It’s completely normal for a group of white friends to only hang out with other white people even in a borough that’s only one-third white. If I had a dollar for every time I was the only Black guy at a house party, I wouldn’t be looking for a job right now (If there aren’t minorities at the parties they go to or at places of work, then I’ll cry foul). I’m not naming names here but I’m pretty sure I was the only Black person a number of my friends socialized with. It’s unfortunate but in that respect, Girls is that much more realistic to me.
I’d wish Dunham just came out and said that when she was asked about it but I think that would just cause everyone to lose their shit even more.