Am I missing something? For the third time I tried watching Girls, finally making it through season one. And for the life of me I cannot figure out the appeal. Based on the premise, this show should be right up my alley: an aspiring writer with a little extra weight, still interning in a big city two years out of college and not quite making it. That is a description of the last two years I spent in Los Angeles, minus Hannah’s bratty, entitled attitude. Instead of a kinship with the main character I find myself annoyed, wanting to grab her tattooed shoulders and scream, “knock it off, you’re an adult!”
Girls is one of the many products of my generation that reminds just how much I dislike my peers. For full disclosure, I’ve never been especially fond of people my own age. Which is as true now as it was in grade school. My fellow twenty-somethings manage to aggravate and irritate on a grand scale these days. It seems that everyone has something negative to say about this generation. Lazy, entitled, and naïve seem to be the top choices. And thanks to the show Girls we can add spoiled, emotionally stunted, and vapid to the list.
My main issues with the show:
The jobs are a necessary evil that they can flit in and out of, not really caring about productivity or money because they have bigger aspirations. What does a job matter when one is almost finished writing her book of essays? Then there’s the buffet of beta males in their skinny jeans and ironic sweaters, there to provide a source of conversation over cupcakes and awkward sex scenes. The mean boys who can’t be bothered to care about anything outside of the bedroom are pined for and sought after. Meanwhile the nice boys who treat their girlfriends like queens are eventually dumped and labeled as horrible people for caring. More over the girls are just mean. They’re mean to each other, their parents, boyfriends, and anyone else who has the misfortune of encountering them. The only upside I’ve enjoyed to these episodes is when someone calls the girls on their crap. Of course after this happens there is a brief moment of reflection before the naysayer is labeled as having no idea what they’re talking about because they don’t know what it’s like to be young in New York.
Is this how the world sees Millennials? Living a community theatre reenactment of Sex and the City episodes (Adam, you’re not Big, stop calling Hannah ‘kid’)? Hipsters are revered while anyone with money, power, or normality is a loser or creep. Lena Dunham the creator and star, likes to say that the show is a feminist statement. I can see the Tumblr-feminism present, the sexually active girls are adventurous and to be admired while the lone virgin is on the receiving end of quiet, judgmental looks until she can be converted. Your jobs, parents’ money and sexuality are all disposable, laziness is championed, get out there and be gluttons, because that’s what the world owes us… right?
After finishing season one I’ve come to the conclusion that Girls is basically Sex and the City minus the ambition, plus a sense of entitlement. You can say many things about the latter show, but all four women worked, they had careers to care about in addition to men, fashion, and fun. Girls does nothing to help people my age be taken seriously. Unless they mean the entire show to be a satirical commentary on this generation based on the negative stereotypes talk show pundits and campaign managers rely on, in which case, brilliant.