Friday, February 1, 2013
When Lena Dunham Broke Up With Childish Gambino
Sorry to interrupt the flow of serious material, but I wanted to discuss something contemporary that has taken over pop culture lately. As I mentioned on the first day of class, I am a big fan of the show “Girls” on HBO. There was a scene from a couple weeks ago that directly addresses topics that I think are relevant to our our generation. I'll let you watch the scene first and then continue on with my thoughts.
Also, some context: The girl is Hannah (Lena Dunham) and she has been dating Sandy (Donald Glover) for several weeks. The scene directly follows him stating that he was not a fan of an essay that Hannah wrote, so she starts to argue with him over the fact that he is a Republican.
And there's a little bit of language, just to warn you! And sorry about the quality.
There are moments in this clip that I find very interesting and funny and there are other instances that I find somewhat troubling. Though it may be painful, I think that this is a scene that wouldn't be out of place among members of our generation (the millennials, twenty-somethings, whatever you prefer). I think there are many issues that still plague the dialogue on race in our age bracket, and in the scene Hannah is displaying a poorly conceptualized liberal value by saying that she is color-blind. As we've discussed in class, the attempt to be blind to skin color is one that leads to ignorance of issues that are still at hand.
I would love to know what you guys think specifically about our generation and the dialogue we have on race. Do we need a new language with which we discuss race and ethnicity?
And how does this clip stand up given the fact that the show “Girls” received extensive criticism in its first season for having a lack of diversity in the show's cast?