Lena Dunham: Criticism Over Majority White Girls Cast Is 'Totally Valid'

The award-winning writer has revealed she now has a better awareness of 'white feminism' after writing Girls


The end is nigh.

Filming for HBO's Emmy-winning comedy series Girls has finally wrapped after six seasons of fist-pumping one-liners from Jessa ('I don't like women telling other women what to do or how to do it or when to do it'), the neuroticism of Shoshanna, Marnie's narcissiscm and the complicated relationship between Hannah and Adam.

However, in its four-year lifespan, the series has been marred with controversy, particularly when it comes to the majority white cast and underrepresentation of the black community.


But yesterday, writer and star Lena Dunham spoke out on US radio show The Breakfast Club about the criticism to say it is 'totally valid'.

The 30-year-old writer explained that when she started creating the show she wanted to 'write from a place of accuracy and passion and understanding' but lacked the knowledge and awareness of black women's stories.


'It's not one size fits all, and there are issues that women of colour deal with that white women have no idea.

'White feminists do not have a great history of carrying their black sisters along with them,' she added, revealing her understanding of 'white feminism' is growing.

Referring to black American actress Issa Rae's work on HBO's Insecure, she said: 'It doesn't need to be my voice telling the story of a black woman's New York experience, it needs to be Issa getting to go deep and go personal about what it feels like to be a young black woman dating in Los Angeles right now.'

She also took the opportunity to address her feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter, which represents and supports the voices of marginalized members of society. 'Looking back, I never want to see another poster that's four white girls,' she explained.

The actress – who is currently backing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for President of the US – also touched on the need to be careful how we talk about each other amid the controversial and demeaning comments made by Republican candidate Donald Trump in recent months.

'Especially at this moment in history, we have to be hyper-vigilant about the way that we depict each other because of how much darkness and tension exists in this Trump-ified world,' she concluded.

It takes a brave woman to admit when she's done wrong.

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