Elissa Schappel, in the articulately-titled Salon.com article, Stop dumping on Lena Dunham!
So there you have it. Let’s be real, guys! People of color do not work in the multi-faceted fields of publishing or “the arts.” Nope. No Asians, no Blacks, no Latin@s. That would be unrealistic. But you’ll see some diversity — lots of people with old British ancestry, Swedish ancestry, Nordic ancestry, even French! Right?
BTW. Many people have “kvetched” over the absence of diversity in Seinfeld. But clearly, some white ears don’t hear voices of color.
“Girls” has been the target of ageism and sexism, and that isn’t right. Even so, it is not the first show to receive criticism over lack of diversity. It’s not due to sexism or ageism that the show is being called out…”Girls” is being called out due to stereotypic depictions of characters of color, the writing staff’s blasé response to concerns about diversity, and for insisting that it is novel and different and creating spaces and representing women who don’t have a place or voice, even as it continues to marginalize intersectionally.
Anti-girl all day everyday #forlyfe
I completely agree that the lack of racial diversity on tv is a problem but I feel like the Girls backlash isn’t doing much to fix this. It might be making it more difficult for shows/producers/writers etc. to ignore diversity/intersectionality, though Girls did quite well before making an effort to address these problems.
Why focus so much energy on Lena Dunham when we could channel at least some of that energy into petitioning HBO and other networks to support shows created/written/directed/produced by people of color? I’ve seen a ton of the former and none of the latter on tumblr thus far.
Also, when a show makes a concerted effort to respond to criticism it doesn’t make sense to me to be “anti” that show. Why (and how can we afford to) write off people who want to learn/become allies/better understand and respond to issues of diversity?
Finally, why are we focusing so much more attention on a show that fails to include people of color when there are a TON of shows out there that continue to actively depict people of color, ethnic and sexual minorities and women in terribly derogatory ways? I’ve seen maybe one post on my dashboard about race on Two Broke Girls and what feels like a million about Girls. We need to address invisibility without forgetting that (the wrong kind of) visibility can just as problematic.