I guess all I have to say about the topic is that, because TV is such a popular medium, HBO has a responsibility to represent its subjects accurately, especially when the network is selling a show as a representation of young New York. There’s no obligation to be kaleidoscopic, but there is a difference between writing a short story or essay about a bunch of white people that only a handful of people will read and creating another show about white people that millions of people will watch, especially when you’ve chosen to set that show in one of the most culturally mixed cities in the world.
My two other favorite parts:
“I’m not saying I have to struggle to pay the rent like Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, but there was a point, right before Judd cast me in Freaks and Geeks, when my parents cut me off because I wanted to go to acting school instead of UCLA. I worked at McDonalds, and my first suggestion to Hannah would be this: get a fucking job. If you really want to have experiences to write about, go to work; and if you really want to be an artist, take responsibility for yourself and wait some tables. You might mature a little in the process.”
“Lena is the ultimate creator, so no matter what she puts the girls through, she is always in control. Her name is always at the end, where it says “Created by.” They say living well is the best revenge, but sometimes writing well is even better.”
Well, shit. It got even better.
James Franco reads well
I like James Franco but he needs to stfu. Was freaks and geeks diverse? Are most of his movies diverse? Idk why lena Dunham is getting the brunt of criticism on lack of diversity. Most shows lack diversity. She is writing about her life and her experience. Nobody is giving men who have been in the business for decades with financial stability shit for lack of diversity but this young ingenue is suppose encompass everything that tv lacks. It’s absolutely unfair the amount of attacks and bullying she receives. People keep saying New York is one of the most diverse cities in the country. Yes it is, but it’s also highly segregated so its not unfathomable to be in a section of New York and not see people of color.
if you are in NYC and NEVER bump into a person of color, you must have your fucking eyes closed, blinders on, and be stuck inside a janitor’s closet at the top floor of the tallest building. James Franco didn’t create nor write Freaks and Geeks, Apatow did. Franco had little to no creative control over any of the movies/shows he’s cast in.
Lena Dunham does. How To Make It In America was set in NYC. That cast was culturally diverse as fuck.
So what the fuck you saying, meddiv?