To say there’s been a lot of backlash to Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham‘s new HBO show Girls would be an understatement. There’s been backlash, frontlash, backlash to the backlash, whiplash, and every other kind of lash there is. But as it turns out, that was all a part of Judd Apatow’s evil plan.
When questioned about the backlash by Vulture last night, Apatow had this to say:
“When we made it, we always knew that it was a show you should fight about. It was built to be a show that you’d have to defend or argue about — for some people, it would make them angry — and we go over that terrain for the course of the ten episodes. So hopefully people will fight about it every week! Not just one week.”
And, on the topic of the specific complaint that the characters are hard to empathize with because they’re so privileged:
“There’s funny things to hate about it, because it is about people who are self-entitled and smart and screwing up their lives. It’s supposed to be about people who are a disaster and privileged, and every time you do something about people like that, people go, ‘Why are they like that?’ Well, because that’s the point of the show. The joke of it. People go, ‘Why are men immature in your movies?’ Well, because they are immature and it’s funny to see them try to figure it out.”
I agree! Personally, I’m just glad that Apatow now has some woman-children to balance out all the man-children in his work, because I was getting sick of seeing women stereotyped in his films as grown-up and competent. That simply does not speak to my reality.