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The upcoming season of Girls will provide much fodder for this blog. Lena Dunham has cast Donald Glover, a black comedian/hipster rapper, to play the part of her Republican boyfriend. From the Atlantic Wire:
So this is how Girls is going to deal with race. And politics. But mostly race. Tim Goodman’s review of the show in The Hollywood Reporter this morning explains that Community star Donald Glover plays “a handsome black Republican named Sandy” dating Lena Dunham’s protagonist.
Goodman notes that Sandy’s presence as Hannah’s [Lena Dunham] boyfriend at the beginning of the season is a random leap. He adds:
Now, some people surely will think that Dunham has listened to the legions of disgruntled viewers who thought the show was a) too white, b) too entitled and c) too niche and has thus addressed the issues at hand. I’m not sure she has (though I’m quite sure she needn’t bother).
What artistic integrity Dunham has. Do “real” artists cater to the immediate demands of a few snarksites? Remember, the criticism of the lily white Girls began among a handful of progressive blogs. Though Goodman tries to give Dunham the benefit of the doubt, it is painfully obvious that she has cast a token black character in order to appease viewers. So then we’re not getting the viewpoint of Dunham and her writers, we’re getting their viewpoint through the prism of political correctness – a theatre of the oppressed in premium cable format.
The Atlantic and Goodman are unsure of the significance of Sandy’s politics. What is clear is that Sandy is a token of the GOP, and Glover is a token of Girls. It remains to be seen if Dunham will connect those dots.
Turn here each Monday starting next week for a review of each episode. I assume The Lion of the Blogosphere (TAFKAHS) will be doing the same.