Let’s stop being dumb about the nepotism in ‘Girls’

Golly-gee willikers!

We haven’t seen HBO’s “Girls” yet — who are all these Internet writers who can afford premium cable anyway? — but one thing’s for sure: We know we’re supposed to hate it, for various dubious reasons. Its characters are unlikeable! They’re unrelatable! They’re unrealistic! Et cetera, et cetera.

But of all the anti-”Girls” arguments, there’s one that’s been annoying us: The idea that creator/star Lena Dunham (and, to a lesser extent, the other three lead actresses) only got where they were because of nepotism. Or, as the most popular snarky image meme puts it, they’ve been “born on third [and] think they hit a triple.”

As much as anyone else, we love to pick out the different ways that class privilege messes up our society — ask us about Mitt Romney, please! — but there’s an undercurrent to this line of thought that’s distressing, a drive to shut down the show and declare it illegitimate somehow*. Yes, Lena Dunham’s parents are connected to the New York art scene, and that undoubtedly made it easier to for her to make a feature at 23 than if her parents were stevedores. And Allison Williams probably would not have been cast on the basis of one viral video (and probably wouldn’t have even been in said video in the first place) had her dad not been Brian Williams. But what the “Girls” detractors are missing, is that they still did the work. They still conceived a show, wrote it, produced it and acted in front of the cameras. And we’re sure that at no point in that process did anyone think “I don’t think this project is worthwhile, but I’m worried about speaking up because of what these girls’ fathers would do.”

We’re going to sound like Mitt Romney, but guess what? The feeling that’s driving this whole debate is envy, pure and simple. And here’s the uncomfortable truth: Lena Dunham’s parents are not the reason you haven’t finished your script. The sooner you realize that, the less mad you’ll be about “Girls.”

*We don’t want to make it a gender thing, but come on, how is this not a gender thing? Compare the Google results for Sofia Coppola and Jason Reitman, if you don’t believe us.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Tattooed, bearded suspect sought in Williamsburg bike theft:…

The suspected thief faces grand larceny charges after investigators said he entered the building on North 5th Street in Williamsburg.

Local

Report: Rich New Yorkers don't move from NYC…

An Independent Budget Office analysis found that the wealthiest residents don't move out of the city any more or less than other New Yorkers.

National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Food truck with a mission hires at-risk New…

A group branding itself as food trucks for social justice specifically hires and trains young men and women with troubled pasts.

Movies

Scarlett Johansson on 'Lucy':' 'I guess I’m the…

Scarlett Johansson continues her foray into action movies with thriller “Lucy”, admitting it’s been an unexpected adventure.

Movies

Review: Liking Woody Allen's 'Magic in the Moonlight'…

Woody Allen's latest, "Magic in the Moonlight," concerns a magician (Colin Firth) trying to debunk an alleged psychic (Emma Stone).

Movies

Piano from 'Casablanca' up for sale at auction

An iconic piano featured in Rick's Cafe Americain in the 1942 Hollywood classic "Casablanca" is expected to be the highlight of a sale of film…

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

NFL

5 players to watch at Giants training camp

Metro takes a look at five players who will be on everyone’s mind when Giants training camp gets underway.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

Parenting

Buy gently worn back-to-school clothes with Kidizen

Kidizen allows parents to buy and sell gently worn back-to-school clothes.

Wellbeing

Ruling could be beginning of the end for…

This morning, a federal appeals court threw out an IRS regulation that implements subsidies for low-income Americans who bought insurance through Obamacare. These Affordable Care…

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…