The critical hit Girls has become popular among a certain demographic — young urbanites who may or may not need some direction in life. The fact that many 20-somethings can relate to the program has helped HBO corner a core demographic, but that doesn’t mean some people aren’t left out.
One criticism of a show that takes place in New York City, one of the most diverse locales in the country, is that the cast isn’t especially diverse. Sure, there are enclaves in Brooklyn where mostly young white people live, but some people feel that it would be nice to see a bit more diversity in the cast.
The show’s creator and star, Lena Dunham, hears that loud and clear and plans to make some changes as the program enters its second season. According to Vulture, she recently spoke at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit and commented on this problem. In particular, she’ll allegedly add some women of color to a cast that is sorely lacking in non-white actors. Hopefully she won’t have to try too hard to shoehorn new characters in, but as talented as Dunham and the rest of the writing staff are, they shouldn’t have trouble expanding the cast and incorporating a new range of experiences into the show’s storylines.