(I totally chose this picture because I like her hair. See? I'm not totally hateful.)
So it's Wednesday before I get around to writing here. Sorry. I just didn't have anything to say. It must have been a slow news week all around because yesterday there were SIX articles about the Lena Dunham show Girls on Jezebel and another two on Salon.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not mistaking Jezebel for a hard-hitting news source (this is where I learned that Lindsay Lohan was glitter-bombed on her way to court yesterday!). I also appreciate the well-written TV episode critique, especially because I believe TV is just as important as books and movies to our cultural landscape. If not more so.
And this has nothing to do with Lena herself. Heck, I even defended her when one of my idols was a bit dismissive and snobby about all the attention she's been getting. I am all for more women making art in the world and having their voices heard, even if they are young, white, and privileged.
That said, who the hell is watching this show? I have read the profiles and criticism, and even the occasional episode summary when bored at work. I realize that even though I'm 32, I am not the target demographic of this show. Reading about Sheryl Sanberg and breast pumping at work seems to be more or where I'm at right now. I assume that the people who are into this show are other twenty-somethings because who else can possibly be interested? But do people in their twenties get HBO? Are they just stealing and streaming the episodes? Or are twenty-somethings too busy working crappy jobs/fucking people to care about a show where the characters are working better crappy jobs/fucking people?
Anyway, I wish Jezebel/Slate/Salon/Huff Po, etc wouldn't write about it so much. Not because I think Lena Dunham is undeserving, but because it just seems to be the same shit over and over again. Yes, she gets naked and portrays sex without shame (or thought--depending on your POV). Yes, she has a "regular" body, whatever the fuck that is supposed to mean. But at this point it's like, so? I'm not sure if this show is really contributing much more than this, which kind of makes it an inflated, artsy version of those Dove commercials. Yes, it warrants a season finale write up, but not six separate articles. Even if Jezebel tried pulling this shit on Mad Men, I would find that excessive.
What I want to know is, when will Jezebel start writing about the shows I really care about? You know, the series that have been canceled for twenty years, but because of Netflix I'm watch-bingeing like crazy. Where is the article about what the hell happened to Mulder's sister? Because that's something I'd be way into reading.
I think we'll have to start a book club, for Netflix shows. That way we can all sync up and start watching Cheers together (or what have you) and then I can write scathing critiques about Diane and all of you will care.