Something I really liked about "Hard Being Easy" is that the writers made it clear in this episode that our Girls leads are supposed to be selfish and completely unaware of what other people actually think of them or how they present themselves to the world... who knew?! That said, it wasn't my favorite installment so far this season -- I'd chalk it to up to too little Shoshanna -- though it did finally get me to realize that Jeff (Jessa's babysitting boss who obviously wants to sleep with her) is a dead ringer for Sister Wives star Kody Brown. So there's that. Let's get down to business and look at what did and didn't work.
As discourse concerning women often goes in this country, every person who saw the Girls pilot last week felt the need to stick in their two cents, qualified or not -- present company included. Some interesting thoughts about its intense white privilege were expressed. Some flawed and pointless arguments consisting of misogyny pretending to be critical analysis were made (since when is nepotism new in Hollywood? What do the actresses having famous parents have to do with the integrity of the on-screen characters? Why doesn't anyone ever mention Zosia Mamet's mom, actress Lindsay Crouse? Since when does being the daughter of Bad Company's drummer matter to anyone?). One writer of the show even made the poor decision to joke about the criticism of the whiteness of the show, totally missing the mark, while Judd Apatow himself claims that those who write bad reviews of Girls are doing it "just out of boredom" and pageviews because "who wants to read only good reviews?" Apatow seems to be enjoying the backlash, at least, and doesn't mind that the series isn't representative of non-privileged women, explaining: "That's the point of it, really. It's supposed to be a comedy about women in New York who are really smart, but their lives are a mess. They know they should be doing great things, but they don't know what it is, and they have kind of a feeling of self-entitlement about it. That's the joke of the show."
To be clear, Girls -- Lena Dunham's HBO sitcom about a group of women in their early 20s living in New York -- is extremely well written. The characters are complex, the dialogue is oftentimes hilarious and the plot is captivating. After watching the pilot (and the subsequent two episodes via advance screeners), I honestly felt that I'd never seen something quite like it before, and it wasn't solely on account of it being lady-centric... though that certainly helped.
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