The Intended Audience For Girls Might Not Be Who We Thought
4:30 pm, January 7th | by Meredith Lepore
In case you haven’t heard, the Season 2 premiere of Girls is next week. The premiere of this season is almost getting as much press as last year’s pilot and we certainly didn’t want to miss out on the trend. Part of the show’s popularity is that it is not universally loved by everyone, and star Allison Williams believes that there might be a reason that some 20-somethings don’t quite see the humor in this series about young people adrift in New York City. She told Vanity Fair:
“I think people who are still in the throes of their 20s, and going through this sort of existential wandering, find the show a little bit too close to home to be able to enjoy it thoroughly. Whereas people who are kind of looking back on this experience can sit back with their hands clasped behind their head and just watch. They know that, because they’re sitting on a couch somewhere watching this show, that everything’s going to be O.K.
But when you’re in it — when you’re in your 20s — it’s still a total question whether everything’s going to be O.K. You don’t know what your next job is going to be like. You don’t know if the guy you’re dating is right for you — or the girl you’re dating. There are so many questions, and when you’re in the trenches trying to answer them and just trying to survive and be able to buy dinner for yourself, it’s probably a little bit frustrating watching our show.”
She should also have mentioned that many people, who are similar in status to Hannah, probably can’t afford HBO. As a 20-something (okay, late 20-something) who ‘kind of almost has it together’ I will say sometimes I do find the show a little bit too close to home but on the other hand I do not relate to Hannah (or Jessa, for that matter) refusing to get or keep a job. And I think many 20-somethings feel the same way. It is enjoyable to watch Hannah continuously fumble but at the same time it’s painful. But maybe when I’m 50 I will think wondering if you are going to make rent or not is cute.
On the other hand, I will give Lena Dunham kudos for creating characters that not everyone will constantly cheer on. “I don’t always like myself, and I don’t always like the people that I love, and I don’t understand why I have to like the people on TV,” Lena said on a recent panel. Maybe that’s worth a bit of cringing.