Okay, what I got from that exchange was that Lena Dunham thought it might be an interesting idea to explore a “reverse ignorance” that certain stereotypical single females have against the possibility of dating a Republican. To the character, the decision to date a Republican is as black and white as a potential decision to date a Nazi, it’s just not done. And here’s this guy, who she likes, who happens to be a Republican, and Girls is going to take the opportunity to explore an integral liberal bias.
Look, this wouldn’t be such a big deal if this weren’t demonstrative of the wrongheaded, knee-jerk conservative approach to culture. Is Lena Dunham’s show basically a kind of hipster fantasy where she creates characters who have the miserable lives that a bunch of urban trust-fund French Experimental Poetry grad students imagine they have, so that the resultant faux-ennui will further inform their parent-paid-for thesis, and quickly enough before the same family revokes the housing allowance for their 1500-square-foot Williamsburg artist loft? Sure. In her acceptance speech last night at the Golden Globes, Dunham, who is famously the daughter of a successful painter of “oversexualized pop art” and a well-known photographer who created “disquieting domestic tableaux” with dolls, repeatedly reiterated that her work is informed by a horrific childhood spent at expensive New York private schools and summer camps, where she struggled to maintain the integrity of her psyche amid the horrors of life as the kid of upper-middle-class urban artists. The whole thing is bizarre and self-fellating. But it’s also self-referential. The joke here isn’t that Donald Glover (who is adorable) is evil. But that Hannah, Dunham’s character, thinks he’s evil and has to handle the internal conflict.