Lena Dunham Has Too Many Soapboxes
Hey, Lena! Please retire GIRLS.
Now that Lena Dunham has taken us well into the inner workings of her mind with a TV show, a book, and her feminist newsletter, we really know her.
I mean, HBO has practically shown us the inside of her vagina.
Gone are the days when we speculated about the realness of Lena Dunham’s past sexcapades, or her upbringing, or her body issues. We could piece together Dunham's reality through the lens of her hit TV show, Girls.
But now, well, we just don’t need to guess anymore.
Lena Dunham stands upon many soap boxes now, and most of the time, I’m kind of interested in the things she has to say. Well, at least, I’m interested in hearing from the real Lena. The non-fiction Lena. Because when she’s talking about herself for real, not through the lens of fiction, she is her most authentic self. And that, I can support.
Perhaps the fifth (and I wish the last) season of Girls reflects this. I’m no longer interested in Lena telling me things. I don’t care for her forcing issues down my throat via quirky Brooklyn situations and somewhat boring, forced dialogue.
Shouldn't it be a thing that shows quit while they are ahead, before they head off into this exact territory of boring their audience?
I think I’m only watching this season out of loyalty, tired curiosity, and some glimmer of hope that I’ll have at least one semi-profound emotional revelation during an episode. But this season, it’s yet to happen for me.
I read Lenny Letter. I liked and appreciated Lena’s book—and I kind of think that those two things were the things she really set out to do. Maybe for her, this whole hit TV show thing just happened first. Now, she’s rich enough and famous enough to do just about anything she wants; so maybe spare us of this very dull TV show.
Of course Girls is one of those things, annoyingly like Sex and the City, that did mean something at some time. But for now, we get enough of the real Dunham (like it or not), and I don’t want any more false dialogues and silly plot lines.
I think the show made some kind of good/bad cultural impact. I'd be happy to watch it retire so we can all move on.
Let us rejoice that Lena Dunham gave us Kylo Ren, *ehem* Adam Driver and a few other gems, too. Now it’s time to let her gaggle of pretty good actors go so we can enjoy them in better roles.