When the first season of Girls premiered on HBO, Lena Dunham caught a lot of slack because of the lack of “color” in the cast. Although the series centered around young women living in Brooklyn, NY, diversity did not exist. In their version of Brooklyn, which happens to be a lot of people’s version of Brooklyn, it was lily-white. Even though it was met with criticism and opposition, the show went on to become yet another HBO hit, and even received four Emmy nominations. Although winless at the Emmy’s, Lena Dunham’s success seems to be going full speed ahead.

Recently, Dunham spoke at Fortune magazine’s annual Most Powerful Women Summit, described how she felt “heartbreak at the idea that the show would make anyone feel isolated.” Dunham also said the second season of Girls will feature more characters and some of them will be “of color”. She said she did this in response to viewers, “who are women of color who want to see themselves reflected on-screen.” “All I want to do is make women feel excited and included by the show,” she said.

In my own post about Girls, ironically the one thing that didn’t bother me was the lack of diversity. I was more annoyed at the hipster sympathy and forced provocativeness I sensed from the writing and characters. As a fan of Dunham’s film, Tiny Furniture, it didn’t matter to me that there weren’t any people of color in the show. As a woman with a diverse circle of friends, I realize that not everyone’s clique is full of diversity, and maybe this was just Dunham’s reality. Just as I couldn’t relate to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex In The City, and the oversexed and expensive shoe wearing women. I couldn’t relate to the characters in Girls, not because they were white, but because I’m not a hipster, that’s 20-something and living off my parent’s money.

I’m pretty sure Dunham realized there was a lack of diversity from the get-go, but maybe she didn’t realize that she’d receive backlash from it? In an effort to allow for more diversity, will she add a token Asian or Black friend? Maybe a Black boss? Who knows, but I guess the complainers now got what they wanted.

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  1. Anthony

    I enjoyed the show and I thought it was real in the sense that most white people don’t have close black friends. Nothing is worse than a black token on an otherwise good show.

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    • Except that Girls is not a good show…

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  2. Anthony

    Nic, adding a black guy would be more realistic than one of the characters suddenly getting a black best friend. At least that is what I tend to see.

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    • I don’t disagree with you there…a lot of chicks will date black men but not mix with black women.

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    • Charle

      That’s why Donald Glover’s going to be on the show next season. Should be interesting!

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    • Hmm, I wonder what he’ll be doing? *smirk*

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  3. I liked the show as it was. As long as she can write for Black characters with truth I have no problem.

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  4. I’ve already read too many ignorant comments made by Dunham surrounding the race issue with her show and now feel like she’s an idiot who is going to write a stupid character that is going to piss us off even more. I’ve only watched one episode of the show anyway so adding “diversity” won’t make ME watch it. Also, I feel like it was a little egotistical of us to bully her into adding Black characters into the show. Maybe it’s because I’m not from Brooklyn and never been there so I wasn’t feeling excluded as a resident? What I’m saying is let her have her White show. I’d rather watch a show created by and starring Black women than be half-heartedly included into a White show.

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  5. Mitt_Romen_Noodles

    There’s no black people on this show, I am outraged!

    What? She’s casted a black person on this show, I am outraged!

    Make up yall mind. Either you want us present, or you don’t.

    I think the original casting was great. There’s no need to have “us” present.

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