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  • Gregory Huffman

    This was always my problem with Dostoyevsky and Hemingway. They never included a black character in their work. How racist of them to not think about including everyone in their work.

  • clay hanks

    I think Lena should introduce a black woman character to the show who is just pissed off all the time that there aren't more black people around.

  • Anamarie Ree

    I never complained about the first season having no Black characters. She white, from a white neighborhood, went to a white school. The last thing I need her to do is crop a Black character on there for 'diversity.' And thanks to everybody's complaining what did she do? Crop a Black character in the cast for diversity.

    She can't win even when she tried, because now everybody's complaining because he an awkward elephant in the room.

    When complaints about the first season arouse Lena said something along the lines of not having Black friends in real life to add them in her show. It would have been admirable if she stuck to her guns.

    Either way I'm not tuning in, there's great shows (mostly on the Web) I can relate too. If we put as much energy in exposing them, than we do exposing Lena's lack of Black characters we'd show alternative Blacks (those uninterested in BBW, RHOA and everything other acronym) watch TV too.

  • magnus99k

    Quick thoughts:

    1) I went to a rich private school like Lena, I have friends these characters who yes, live in Brooklyn.

    Guess what? Besides me or a few other people, they don't have any Black friends. Their world is just white, hell, others from my school aren't friends with me, so they don't have ANY Black friends.

    Yes, Brooklyn is very diverse. But I've still been in places in the hipster areas that these characters would hang out in, where there were only a handful of non white people.

    I think some of this uproar has to do with being reminded that certain social circles seem to exclude people OR that it messes with people's idea of liberal, progressive, diverse Brooklyn.

    Shoot, I'll bet most of the white writers complaining about diversity don't have any Black friends either.

    2) All the sex on this show is unsexy and awkward. More than that the author seems to be taking it personally that Lena's character slept with a Black person, "I got your man" - how juvenile.

    70% of Black Women will be single forever? False - http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf

    70% between the ages of 25-29 haven't been married, but by age 55 only 13% haven't been married.

    Getting married before you turn 30 makes it more likely you'll be divorced by the way.

    The show is about privileged, self-indulgent, train wrecks, the ones that are whispered about at alumni functions if not outright mocked when their names come up.

    Their sex should be awkward

    They should be annoying

    They should be in a lily white world

    Let's not pretend everyone's reality is the same.

    I may not like the show, but I can't knock the fact that it's fairly realistic as far as a small segment of the population.

    • 100300

      I was about to post something similar but you beat to it.

      One more thing; It's her show show, right? So why should she or anyone be persuaded to add or subtract characters to reflect other people's point of view.

      I'm not a woman or white and quite enjoy the few episode that I've watched.

      Shows don't have to include one's demographics.

  • MariaJose Echeverría

    Come on. Black, black, black, black. This sounds more like a complaint that there aren't any black characters with substance in the series, rather than the WHOLE ethnic-race issue. The show started off genuine, meaning Hannah's overprivileged world, which is fine to potray because it brings out these issues we discuss but to force a show so much to potray what we wish we saw is dumb. What we can do is create our own show or just stop watching like asia ho says.

    • Someone Else

      But I thought complaining was what is was to be human.

  • Someone Else

    Rebecca, I couldn't have said it better myself! You're eloquent, unbiased, but also cast a light on a very important side of this issue. Hopefully this show will evolve for the better, if it wants to authentically stay true to its mission...

    • 100300

      ...but what is 'it's mission'?

      • Someone Else

        A comedy about girls in their 20's...

  • Asia Hoe

    I have zero interest in watching this show until it does a better job of representing reality for what it is, instead of the monochromatic fantasy that Hollywood so often tends to portray it as. Brooklyn is beautiful. The second I step on a train heading into Brooklyn, the entire ethnic/racial/social markup of the subway shifts before my eyes. It's like dawn breaking. Beautiful (and not so) people of every hue, from all walks of life, and every edge of the planet (even as Hipsterville threatens to gentrify it beyond recognition). That's the Brooklyn I want to see portrayed.

    I will say, however, that I find this notion of "our men" problematic. There's no denying that the male actor in the show is invisible by virtue of his tokenism; he is little more than a sex object on screen. But the language of possession used in this article is in my mind, is no better than that portrayal. That language further diminishes the black male actor into an object. Is that okay, simply because the show is about women? Are black women the only ones that deserve to be adequately represented? I think as long as we claim each other like this, into little camps, we will continue to see a divisive and exclusive Hollywood. We have to see each other as a whole, and not little quotas, on both sides.