There is smart criticism, and there is Andrea Peyser at the NY Post. Last night Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow's show Girls finally premiered on HBO, after months of hype-filled praise. And the show does live up to the hype, finally giving real, albeit privileged, "girls" a spotlight on the small screen. But Peyser is not a fan—in her latest vitriolic rant, Peyser calls the show "Sex And The City for ugly people," and the show's creator and star, Lena Dunham, "a fat chick." Some of her more disgusting quotes are below:
- "Somehow, she manages to beg the guy to engage in an ordinary sex act, which is visible to the viewer in all its dimpled ugliness."
- "The true message behind 'Girls' is: If you want to succeed in big, bad New York, you don’t have to be beautiful or thin."
- "One good thing might come of this 'realistic' series: No girl from Podunk, Neb., will ever again dream of moving to this city."
Someone's got her granny panties in a bunch this morning! Peyser's main problem seems to be that "a fat chick" is getting laid, though she does touch upon "every cast member [being] an heiress." And of course, there's always going to be backlash to something that's been dragged through the hype machine for months, but sprinkling your "review" with bold-print body-shaming and judging entertainment by the social background of the artists sure is a slippery slope.
(And if you missed the show, you can watch it on Youtube.)