Remember how there were never any black people on Girls? Remember how Lena Dunham was all “But I am white so I can’t understand what a black girl’s life would be like? Remember that lame-ass attempt to address the issue with the inclusion of Sandy (played by Donald Glover) as Dunham's love interest for a measly 1.5 episodes?
Well it looks like we might finally get to kick these memories to the curb! In a recent interview with Ebony Magazine, Danielle Brooks (aka Taystee of Orange is the New Black notoriety) stated “I just shot an episode of ‘Girls’ for HBO. I will be the first Black woman to be on ‘Girls,’ so that’s exciting for me.”
Uh...yay! The hate aspect of my love/hate relationship with Girls has stemmed almost completely from the fact that it is the single most whitewashed show on television. It’s exciting that Lena Dunham is finally using the platform of one of TV’s most talked-about shows to include racial backgrounds that vary more than “white” and “especially white.”
So let’s keep our fingers crossed that Brooks’ character will be more than Glover’s 60-minute story arc and not just a stunt to keep the viewing audience quiet about a lack of diversity. It's time Dunham used her position as one of the loudest female voices on television as an opportunity to tell stories for all women.
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