This episode was the most maddening I’ve seen so far.
If you’ll recall, Adam had hand over Hannah during the first season. She’d show up at his apartment and text him and pop in and try to get him to advance their relationship. Last season ended with Adam getting hit by a car during an argument with Hannah. They broke up and now he is pining for her. He sings a song to her via Youtube and randomly shows up to her apartment in the middle of the night. As the creator of the show, Lena Dunham writes her characters however she wants. It seems her hamster took over as she wrote this certain type of 20ish girl fantasy of flipping the script on the aloof bad boy. While watching the Youtube video with her roommate, Hannah says that she used to think that Adam was “murdery in a sexy way, but what if he’s murdery in a murder way.”
Then there is the OWS mentality running deep through this season. This is no surprise since Dunham went political during the Presidential campaign. Hannah’s gay roommate, Jonah, directly confronts Sandy (Donald Glover), Hannah’s black Republican boyfriend, about his political party. It’s a confrontation that doesn’t really ring true because most people with political differences tend to ignore the elephant in the room. When the other characters talk about Sandy’s political beliefs they automatically assume that he believes every platform of the party, or that those specific platforms are the most important aspect of the party. To them, Republicanism is only about being against gay marriage. It is a caricature of what the party stands for.
The anti-capitalism is strong as well. At his recap, The Lion points out that Jessa’s new husband is shown to be a big douchebag. He’s also a big financier. He does, however, give Jessa and Hannah a basket full of puppies which they enjoy in the park. It reminded me of some things I wrote about NYC’s trickle-down culture. Evil finance makes a playground for artists and layabouts. Big finance dickhead gives these two silly girls a couple of puppies and they’re entertained for the day.
Marnie, the best looking of the girls, was fired from her hoity-toity art gallery job and is denied a job at another gallery (the owner character played by Lena Dunham’s mother in real life). She gets a job as a hostess at the Wedgebrook Club making $400 a day. Hannah questions this decision: “Isn’t that just catering to rich, old men. It’s like, I know I only make $40 a day at Grumpy’s, but, like, that’s clean money. I’ve made a choice.” Ideals over survival: how does someone survive in NYC on $40 a day?
Marnie asks which choice that is, and Hannah tells her that she’s chosen “not to cash in on my sexuality” as she stuffs her mouth with cool whip. Dunham certainly doesn’t believe that Hannah has chosen the high road rather than just being forced to it because she’s not attractive, but many young unattractive women like Hannah do believe such nonsense. They’re called feminists.
Another scene does a good job of depicting what looks like a real life exchange between an interracial couple. I like to think that Dunham is writing herself into every scene as if she wasn’t actually a writer. Her character is her real-life self minus 10 IQ points and a well-paying creative outlet.
Hannah has been pestering Sandy about reading her essay. He initially lies and says that he hadn’t had time, but he reveals that he just didn’t like the essay and didn’t want to talk to Hannah about it because it would only end up poorly. Talk turns first to Sandy’s Republicanism, and his supposed opposition to gay marriage. By the way, as we all know, blacks are heavily opposed to gay marriage even though they vote heavily Democratic. Maybe Sandy would have opposed gay marriage even if he weren’t Republican.
She continues, likely channeling Dunham and Michael Bloomberg on this one, “I’m also a little horrified by the fact that people should just be allowed to own guns.” Sandy replies that gun ownership is much more complicated than that. But that particular exchange shows us the parameters of Hannah/Dunham’s liberalism. We now know that they’re the type of liberals that are completely terrified of guns and think that every Republican hates gay people.
Dunham again depicts Hannah engaging in very typical liberal/feminist/progressive behavior: denial of reality. She tells Sandy “I never thought about the fact that you were black once.” Sandy calls her out on her lie. “I don’t live in a world where there are divisions like that,” she platitudes. Sandy points out that Hannah first brought up the fact that two out of three black men were incarcerated as an argument against his ideology. If she didn’t see race she wouldn’t have brought that up. Sandy shuts down the conversation after Hannah says “I didn’t say two out of three guys like you, I said two out of three black men.” Again, we can easily see supposedly tolerant liberals saying something like this when push does come to shove. Basically, liberals avoid conversations on race and then when their so-called racism doesn’t expose itself they take solace in the fact that they aren’t racist. And then they attack non-liberals who acknowledge racial differences from the get-go.