Just Ask Y: Gen Y-ers are the Stars of HBO’s Girls
It’s clear that America has fallen in love with HBO’s Girls. It received a Golden Globe for Best TV Series—Musical or Comedy this year. And Lena Dunham gracefully accepted the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series. In case you missed Lena’s acceptance speech she concluded saying:
“This award is for every woman who’s ever felt like there wasn’t a space for her. This show has made a space for me.”
She’s the creator, director, writer and actress for her show, her space. Every episode the viewer is getting 100% genuine, honest and raw Lena. That is why Girls is so successful.
She embraced her quirky thoughts and brazen humor. She has done the exact opposite of hiding her full figured, pear shaped body. She never apologizes for staying true to herself, despite the backlash critics have thrown at her.
New York Magazine describes Girls perfectly: “It’s a show about life lived as a rough draft.” That is exactly why Gen Y women connect to it. It’s not a show that depicts a far-fetched, aspirational world like Sex and the City. The characters in Girls live a life all of us are currently living, in some varying degree—looking for a job to make parents proud, getting over an awkward moment in the bedroom, figuring out how your passion can pay the bills, going to war with your body and so on…
All of Gen Y’s trials, tribulations and hiccups are scripted together into an entertaining format that airs every Sunday, giving us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves. Right now we are all writing our rough draft of adulthood. We need a chance to laugh at it, or else we will cry.
Girls is acting out the crappy scenes of Gen Y-ers lives. Reminding us we can’t waste our time wallowing in self-pity over it. Just take out a red pen and cross off the last paragraph, or if it was that bad, just burn the whole chapter. Then, immediately start writing, creating and doing again. Just like Lena, each of us are creators in our own TV series.
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