Who Actually Watches and Hates ‘Girls’?

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Remember back in the salad days of Girls thinkpieces, when all the talk about racism and nepotism and feminism was all speculation. People were applauding or condemning the show and its audience before anyone watched it. Well, as the show is about to air its finale, it is apparent that people are watching and having opinions on it. Todd VanDerWerff of the AV Club argued this morning that the show is judged too harshly because the viewers overly masculine expectations for what “good tv” should be like. He writes that the show isn’t given the benefit of the doubt that other shows are afforded:

And every week, the goalposts move. One week, it’s that the show doesn’t depict the city of East Lansing, Michigan, entirely accurately. The next week, it’s that it somehow makes crack seem “fun.” One week, it’s the idea that the show’s “not funny enough,” whatever that means. The next week, it’s the idea that the show’s male characters aren’t well-developed enough. It’s not that there aren’t grounds to criticize this program—some of the supporting players could still use development, and Dunham occasionally becomes too enamored of over-the-top gags—but the series is too often expected to somehow be a perfectly realistic depiction of the lives of young people in the big city, while also the funniest show on television.