Elissa Schappel, in the articulately-titled Salon.com article, Stop dumping on Lena Dunham!
So there you have it. Let’s be real, guys! People of color do not work in the multi-faceted fields of publishing or “the arts.” Nope. No Asians, no Blacks, no Latin@s. That would be unrealistic. But you’ll see some diversity — lots of people with old British ancestry, Swedish ancestry, Nordic ancestry, even French! Right?
BTW. Many people have “kvetched” over the absence of diversity in Seinfeld. But clearly, some white ears don’t hear voices of color.
Depicting people of color working in publishing and the arts in New York would be, sadly, to lie.
pssst. Anybody surprised?
wow, defenders of lena dunham: YOU ARE NOT HELPING.
how about, “man i enjoy the show and it’s a good thing about white upper class urban women and all but that shit is racist”
there. that’s all you have to say. that’s it. copy and paste as you need.
To suggest that publishing and the arts could do more to foster voices from people of colour is entirely fair.
To suggest that there isn’t any racial diversity to speak of in those fields, and certainly none that could appear in a show with a “documentary-like feel” is so entirely stupid and inaccurate I feel really sorry for the writer. And also, very, very angry that she is promulgating the kind of nonsense that erases the existence of, for example, my current Little, Brown editor, my former Little, Brown editor, and my current Little, Brown publicist, all of whom are women of colour, respected in their field for their achievements, and valued members of their publishing house.
Real women. Who really exist.
How’s that for documentarian?
Blech. The thing that kills me about Girls is that it takes place in MY NEIGHBORHOOD, with people interested in the arts and publishing, which is MY INDUSTRY, and basically they manage to walk into my coffee shop and take people like me out of it so they can film their “documentary-like” comedy. And, apparently, never notice!