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About That “Girls” Diversity Casting Matter… It Looks Like Donald Glover Is In

About That "Girls" Diversity Casting Matter... It Looks Like Donald Glover Is In

Well… there ya go. Just like that.

Not long after I posted the “diversity casting call” entry for Lena Dunham’s Girls (HERE), this photo came across my virtual desk along with the notes stating that season 2 of Girls began shooting in Brooklyn this week, and guess who was photographed filming a scene with its star and creator?

None other than Donald Glover.

This is the first time I’m hearing of this. A search didn’t reveal any official casting announcements, and I don’t recall Glover tweeting about it, unless I just missed it.


What role exactly he’s playing here isn’t known. But I’m sure now that the news is out, someone will talk.

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I really do not want Lena Dunham writing a black female character. She has admitted that we are invisible in her world and all she will come up with a bunch of stereotypes. Glover is known for 30 Rock and Community (which I love) and his rap career has a large white following. He is seen as a safe Negro and will fit right in. If Lena Dunham had any sense she would let him into the writers room with his screenwriting work on 30 Rock and Mystery Gang, he is more experienced than she she is.


I do think that Tambay's post on the issue last week in regards to this really misguided and incorrect. It essentially influenced some people of color who read this blog to be ashamed of speaking out on Hollywood's flat out discrimination. Arguments like the ones I see below are terrible ("Where was this outrage towards Sex In the City or Entourage?") which are similar to the bad arguments that were made when blatant whitewashing was done on The Last Airbender movie. It seems that some who are saying that there is nothing wrong with "Girls" don't even really understand the issue at hand. The reason why the criticism on the lack of people of color on this show is correct is because it shows the gall of Hollywood to set a show in a place where the grand majority of people living in it are not white (Brooklyn is majority nonwhite as the last U.S. Census will tell you) but cast only whites as the main cast. The second point is the fact that the show was advertised as representing a generation. That is insulting. Why couldn't they have set the show in a place where the majority of people are white? This isn't something made up by white bloggers. People of color were at outraged at that kind of declaration of a show that takes place in a mostly nonwhite borough with a cast of only whites. This is a legitimate reason to protest and criticize. Now I am not saying that it is the answer to end all the problems as there should be action by those in the industry by those talents of color to change the industry itself but Tambay was wrong by suggesting people shouldn't protest stuff like this. Protest and criticism puts it on record that the shit is wrong and that needs to be expressed every time stuff like this happens. You want to make a show with only white girls and declare it the voice of a generation? Then don't set it in Brooklyn.


Nadine, you say that I don't have any idea what I'm talking about but you are the one going around claiming the whole controversy was the invention (plot) of white bloggers only. There's enough available evidence out there (ONLINE) to prove you are wrong on that front. Some black writers at prominent websites were amongst the first to draw attention to the diversity issues concerning the show. New York Magazine/The Vulture used those particular articles as the key, primary arguments for those who were dissastisfied with the show. The New York Times also caught wind of those pieces and decided to have seven or so other people weigh in (pro or con) for the casting choices and diversity in TV in general. So, no, it wasn't just the work of white bloggers that caused the controversy. White bloggers may have started it off (I can't say for sure) but it was those one or two articles written shortly thereafter by black writers that led to the media questioning the people behind the Girls show about their lack of people of color on the series. A couple of the folks associated with the show responded to THOSE articles directly. Also let me also point out that while you and your circle of friends may not have known about the series before the media firestorm, the two black female writers whom I mentioned in my original post were indeed looking forward to the show, hoping that the cast of women would be as racially diverse as the real-life Brooklyn that they know. Unlike you they were actually deeply disappointed, disappointed enough to write about and it speak their mind. I agree that they fell into a trap and that the outcry over the casting that followed was borderline absurd. But those women recognized the lives of those four protagonists and felt that the four leading ladies were similar to them in almost every respect except for race.

Mark & Darla

Lena probably did this for spite, whole lot of people eating crow.

James Evans

I'm all for "nice personality" etc, but no offense, but as a black man, that chick in the picture above is probably the last white girl I'd talk to in the club….and I'd have to be really really really really really really really really really really really drunk.


So wait? The whole controversy was really the result of the devious work of insidious white people who blog for a living? For real? Get real. Look, I kept up with the issue even though I had no interest in the show and haven't watched a second of it. The cast was revealed to the media long before the show made its debut on HBO but for some reason the outcry only came about a week or two before the first episode hit the airwaves. What the fuck was that about? Regardless of the color of the people who were voicing their displeasure you would think they would have spoken up earlier. Regardless while there were those liberal white folks who objected to the show's lack of non-white faces, let us not be revisionist by claiming it was all the work of white bloggers. That would be scapegoating. There were attention-grabbing writeups by black women from Jezebel and The Daily Beast that were responsible for much of the kickoff of the whole controversy. I believe a black male write for The Atlantic dipped a toe into the muddled river as well. And popular culture websites such as Racialicious also made a point of giving an opinion or two on the subkect, although I can't confirm if the writer for the Racialicious pieces was black. Did most black people know of this Girls show before the debate broke out? No. But then again most people of all races didn't know either. So that is besides the point. The sad reality is that many black folks got caught up in another debate about the lack of black people on a TV show/movie and as a result came across as whining. It's not that the points that were being made were lacking in legitmacy, rather it was about how and why the critcisms were being leveled in the first place. The negative, reflexive responses came across as further examples of black people getting out of joint about not being represented and telling a writer/producer/executive who they must include in their series. I doubt anyone was buying when some of the most vocal black critics were remembering from time to time to use the words "people of color" rather than say "black people". I'm pretty sure everyone knew those folks weren't truly arguing for the inclusion of someone from Pakistan or an American of Vietnamese ancestry. No, they knew those critics cared just that black people were added to the show. And it made the complainers look all the more selfish and hypocritical. (More to the point the outcry was really about the inclusion of black females so Glover's possible addition won't satisfy those looking for progress on that front). Tambay's writeup last week was on target. There was no need for any of us to get worked up over this nonsense, not for this show. Even worse it was a case in which people went after the rare white female who runs and executive produces her own show. Where was this outrage towards Sex In the City or Entourage?


Enough with Girls! Let's support Awkward Black Girl. Maybe Issa Rae and company will have another opportunity to discuss with tv execs the possibility of moving the show to network tv. I know, slight chance but I. Have. A. Dream.

Adam Scott Thompson

Fan of his, fan of hers — fan of the show (so far).


I'm a fan of his, but I hate this show (not because of the "race drama"), so I'll pass. Let me know when supercut of all his scenes is up on Youtube.

Film Fatale NYC

*dial tone*


He's an after thought after all the publicity, I still won't be watching!


Okay… this is a drive-by, but I'm asking that specifically the women of color on this board PLEASE NOT FALL INTO THE TRAP OF FINDING OFFENSE IN "GIRLS'" CONTINUED EXCLUSION OF A BLACK "GIRL". Puh-Lease, don't fall for this. We are being scapegoated by White Insiders who hate Dunham's access and privilege so they use a lack of diversity as a cause to fight, superficially on our behalf intending to cause concern amongst Blacks, but wholly in their own interests (both good and bad coverage for GIRLS is a coup for Dunham). I was sorry to see the topic here on S&A, and I understood why that would have to be, but I wished that instead of simply stating that the premise (the idea of diversity in casting being demanded and forcing Dunham to not write a story she identifies with) was the issue, but if the article could have been written from the point of view of the TOPIC being placed on our backs DISINGENUOUSLY. In other words, calling the topic out on its BS. Again, I can tell you as someone very involved in the industry and group for women in the industry and other organizations that NO ONE CARED about this show or even knew about it. This was not "OUR" issue… this was an issue started by the White blogosphere. No one really gives a sh!t about this show and as long as there is an increase in diversity elsewhere on-screen who really cares? Also, there are so many shows (that are popular) without diverse casts… why are they demanding more from Dunham… again, the agenda was clear…"PEOPLE OF COLOR" were being used.


So I guess adding a black GIRL to "Girls" is too much to ask? O_o WTF??


Ah OK. Now all they have to do is put an Asian girl on his arm. They'll look like the typical non-white couple in Hipster Brooklyn.



By the way it was not even us complaining at first. It was white critics. Then the word got out to black blogs, and you know what happens then. It becomes the civil rights act of the 20th century.

Maybe Donald Spiderman Glover will be a love interest but I doubt it. Unless for a few eppys.
bm/ww is not really supported on white shows.

I've actually never watched an episode of this show but I'll check it out for Glover who made me laugh with the whole Black Spiderman debacle.

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