[Marxism] Fwd: Lena Dunham and America’s Wet Dream » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 3 10:11:53 MST 2014

(Why I love CounterPunch)

When it comes to entertainment, people either want to escape from their 
assholedom, or to watch it in HD.

Lena Dunham’s variety of “entertainment” consistently falls into the 
second category. She has ostensibly made a living by wallowing 
unashamedly in a peculiar brand of egotistical self loathing which 
hyperbolizes her own grossness: whether that’s a white, pasty, shapeless 
plump body squeezed into awful Brooklyn hipster fashions, the antithesis 
to everything we revere in glossy billboard America, or her awkward 
‘weird girl’ obsession with the kind of uncomfortable adolescent sexual 
experiences of millenials. It’s precisely this kind of brazen saturation 
in her own mundane, every day disgustingness, this kind of Riot Girls 
‘Fuck You’ to everything we’re taught to be as woman (thin, hot, pretty, 
sexual, alluring etc), this fabulous flaunting of flaws, this 
celebration of hideous, cringeworthy, unremarkable experience after 
experience which, we are told, is the key to Dunham’s success. This is 
why we should consider her a feminist icon. That is why ‘Girls’ is 
amazing. That is why her book is fantastic. That is why Dunham is a 
genius. That is why her character Hannah’s desire to be a voice for her 
generation is actually, through an oxymoronic twist of fate, exactly 
what Dunham herself has achieved!

OK, fuck this. Let’s quit with the fucking onanism. Every fucking white 
girl who wants a book deal has, for the last two decades, been writing 
onerous crap about nothing and cunts and peni and shit sex and dating in 
New York fucking City. There is absolutely nothing remotely radical 
about searching avidly for something shocking to reveal about oneself in 
the hopes of getting attention.

In the meat market of American celebrity, all we have to sell is a 
little piece of our self, and we’re taught to sell it over and over and 
over, in whatever way we can. If we’re thin and hot, flog that. If we 
have the personality of a fart, take out a Facebook ad for it. America 
is a nonstop branding machine for assholes intent on commodifying their 
dreadful and utterly banal personalities into a career. Dunham is no 
different. Her success lies not in the fact that she is uniquely shaped 
and sized, writes “refreshingly” about tedious uncomfortable sex, gets 
her tits out all the time and wears truly awful outfits from Urban 
Outfitters. Her success lies in the fact that she is fat, white, rich, 
privileged, racist, ignorant and disgusting: just like the heart of 
American society. Dunham makes white people feel OK about their racism.


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