People are not used to seeing cellulite on national television but most of them live with it in their bedroom. Maybe the lights are too dim for them to see what the top of a woman’s thigh actually looks like.
Is this why the latest episode of Girls is getting so much backlash? Let’s recap. Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, lives a very active sex life in Brooklyn but clearly often hops into bed with the wrong guys – they don’t treat her that well, and let’s be honest, they’re not all models. But this time, Hannah (24) meets a model (Patrick Wilson – though no Ryan Gosling, is probably the next best thing), except he’s a 42 year old doctor living in a big brownstone by himself (recently separated and all alone in his sauna shower). Hannah boldly kisses the guy, and he kisses her back, calls her beautiful, makes her dinner and the pair spends an exciting sex week-end indoors (like reasonable people do when it’s snowing or scordching hot outside, no big deal).
So what? So a lot of people seem to think this episode was all but a dream – in real life, there is no way a guy that hot would go for a girl that fat, say the reviews, showing the real wife of Patrick Wilson as the ultimate proof (for those wondering, yes she does look like a model, with a tatoo just like Lena Dunham but not quite). Others have commented on this “baffling odd-couple pairing“.
Meanwhile Lena Dunham shows off her naked body, in the shower, in bed and even at the ping pong table. Lena Dunham isn’t fat, she is probably the average height and weight, she is just not a 6ft tall model looking actress (unlike most of the co-stars in her show, mind you). She is probably a few stones too big by classical standards and could afford to do some abs – but then who doesn’t?
Isn’t it both cute and brave how she shows off her not-too-perfect body? Uncomfortable and unflattering perhaps but I’m sure more than a few eventually found her little belly and her small boobs pretty sexy. I know I did (minus the tatoos but that’s just me).
The point of the episode wasn’t exactly life-changing even though Lena Dunham delivered her lines as if it was: “I realize I wanna be happy”, “Of course you do”, “We all deserve to be happy”, “OMG I’ve been so lonely” – that sort of thing, not exactly an epiphany if you ask me.
But if in the streets of Liverpool, England, a girl’s right to wear mini-skirts isn’t limited by the diameter of her thighs; on American TV, THE girl of Girls still can’t get away with sleeping with a hot man let alone showing off her not-too-perfect body without causing a stir. Sometimes, it’s as if the 2004 Dove campaign for Real Beauty didn’t happen.
As a side note, where are all the model looking doctors of Brooklyn hiding?