By Carter Maness
The Lena Dunham directed, produced, written and starring HBO series “Girls” is intended be a small, insular, humorous show. The Internet has disagreed with that premise, though. For weeks, writers have been churning out think-pieces about what the program ‘really means’ and focusing on the observation that the show features no minorities. One solution? Casting rapper Childish Gambino, also known as Community’s Donald Glover, in the next season.
Dunham recently responded to the complaints during an interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” “If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like – not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience that I wasn’t able to speak to.”
News of the Glover cast addition first appeared in the New York Post, which published a picture of Dunham and Glover filming a scene on a Brooklyn stoop.
“I’m really excited to introduce new characters into the world of the show,” she said to Gross. “Some of them are great actors of color.”