My chief beef is not simply that the girls in Girls are white. I’m a white girl and not a white girl, identified by other people as black and not black for as long as I can remember – which, in mixed people speak means biracial. But the problem with Girls is that while the show reaches — and succeeds, in many ways — to show female characters that are not caricatures, it feels alienating, a party of four engineered to appeal to a very specific subset of the television viewing audience, when the show has the potential to be so much bigger than that. And that is a huge fucking disappointment.
And of all of the issues people seem to have with this show — race (see above), gender (Up With Women! Story be damned!), privilege (even this got way too fucking meta) — it’s their presentation of ‘entitlement without judgement’ that makes me cringe. That’s probably because, in my own experience, it rings so true.
That’s also, probably, the secret nugget in its soul that’ll make its audience grow over time.