You don’t have to like Hannah Horvath to love Lena Dunham.
Ok, let’s get this out of the way first. Hannah was selfish/annoying/fill in the blank negative adjective that is inevitably used when you first get into a conversation with someone about the television show “Girls.”
She was also a vehicle for some of the funniest, most honest, most observant, painfully true-to-life television writing out there. And so in honor of Lena Dunham’s 31st birthday on Saturday, we rounded up the best of the best of Hannah Horvath’s most relatable quotes. The voice of our generation. Or, you know, a generation.
And then a small shout-out to Shosh.
Don’t put Lena Dunham on the cover of a magazine offering up “20 Slimdown Diet Tips Stars Are Using” unless you want her to unleash A+ trolling game on you.
The “Girls” creator took to Instagram to call out Us Weekly for including her on their weight loss cover, by giving an actual rundown of how she lost weight. Examples included: “anxiety disorder,” “marching your ass off,” “worrying ceaselessly about the health and safety of women you know and women you don’t,” and “constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future.”
Plus, Dunham added, she never gives out weight loss tips because it goes against everything she stands for.
“It’s not a compliment to me because it’s not an achievement thanx,” she concluded.
20 slimdown diet tips! 1. anxiety disorder * 2. resultant constant nausea 3. an election that reveals the true depths of American misogyny 4. constant sweaty dreams of dystopian future 5. abdominal adhesions pinning ovary below uterus * 6. baseless but still harrowing threats to physical safety online and through smail mail 7. watching institutions you love from Planned Parenthood to PBS be threatened by cartoon mustache-twirling villains 8. finally realizing superheroes aren’t real (specifically the X-Factor, really thought they’d handle this) 9. marching your ass off 10. a quiet rage that replaces need for food with need for revenge 11. sleeping 19 hours a day 12. realizing that even the liberal media wants dem clicks no matter whut 13. worrying ceaselessly about the health and safety of women you know and women you don’t 14. realizing who ya real friends are 15. having to switch from Uber to Lyft (lots of calories burned trying to understand a new app, then even more trying to understand if the conflict was resolved) 16. bladder spasms, urinary frequency and urgency * 17. having your phone number leaked and violent images texted to your phone by randos under names like VERYFATCHUCKYBOY@creepz.com 18. keeping your back arched against the wind 19. um, who the fuck cares? 20. I have no tips I give no tips I don’t want to be on this cover cuz it’s diametrically opposed to everything I’ve fought my whole career for and it’s not a compliment to me because it’s not an achievement thanx * Star indicates a pre-existing condition
The Met Ball, aka the biggest fashion night of the year, happened Monday night — and we’re still taking in all of the fierce, wacky, I-could-literally-never-pull-that-off outfits put on display. The event, which raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, celebrated Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo and her label, Comme des Garçons this year, with many guests dressing on theme with her creations.
Check out the five Jewish celebrities who stood out in particular for their glamorous, bold fashion choices.
Thank you, Elizabeth Kennedy, for making me feel so embodied in this sensual tablecloth of a gown. Commes Des Garçons has always been for the creature who dares to be different, who needs clothing to be more than a way to telegraph wealth or culturally imposed super-sexuality. Now THAT is a theme I can get behind. Much love to @voguemagazine for bringing so much power and passion to the Met, which has always been church to me. It’s easy to forget amidst the glitz just how much good this night does, raising millions to preserve essential artifacts and making sure style really is for everyone. ❤️ Can I get an amen?
Tracee Ellis Ross
About fifteen minutes into watching the series finale of “Girls,” I felt a sinking feeling of disappointment. The episode, set five months after Hannah has given birth and moved to upstate New York, is much like past “Girls” bottle episodes. Existing in a strange, surreal, almost suffocating space, the storyline is shot in one location and cut down to one or two main characters. “Girls” has almost always been successful when it dipped into contained storytelling, and in a few cases, like Hannah’s afternoon with the writer accused of sexual assault, it has made for exceptionally thought-provoking, powerful television.
But the last episode of “Girls” is not a time for a bottle episode. It’s a space to celebrate seven characters who we have spent six seasons getting to know, caring about and occasionally wanting to shake silly out of irritation. Which, perhaps, is why it was so frustrating to spend thirty minutes exclusively with Hannah, and occasionally Marnie, as the two characters pretty much spend the entire episode dealing with the challenges of a newborn baby. Not that it isn’t an important storyline, and not that it isn’t a critical full-circle moment, watching Hannah, an often selfish, erratic 20-something, have to enter a new stage in her life.
The problem is, this show isn’t about Hannah.
It has always been just as much about Marnie, Jessa, Shoshanna, Ray, Elijah and Adam. It’s an enormous tribute to Lena Dunham’s writing and directing that those six characters felt equally as important to the story, and that they were just as painfully real, full of color, humor and depth. To end “Girls” without all of them there felt unnatural, and almost swept their importance to the show under the rug. This was Hannah’s story all along, it seemed to say.
The argument, perhaps, for ending “Girls” the way that they did, so completely, almost disorientingly, removed from the dressings of Hannah’s 20-something life, is that the show never did stick with convention. Plus, it had been gently guiding Hannah away from New York for some time, an idea that I thought was smart and, as a lifelong New Yorker, something I deeply understood.
But there were other ways to stay true to the show’s tone, and deliver Hannah into this new chapter in her life. The second to last episode of the series did just that. It showed four friends having something of a break-up, but coming to an understanding. All of the characters were moving in new directions, and the final five minutes of the series tied in all the emotions a good series finale should. There was a feeling of finality, hope, and a chance to see the whole group of characters together — perhaps for the last time.
I didn’t need to spend a half-hour watching Hannah figure out her new life in upstate New York — and this is coming from someone who always really liked Hannah. The show was about four women, and occasionally three men, finding their way in New York City, and that’s exactly where I would have liked to have said goodbye to them.
It calls to mind some of the best season finales from “Girls”: when Hannah gets into Iowa and holds that letter in her hand, when she runs across the Brooklyn Bridge after performing at The Moth for the first time, when Adam comes to her house and picks her up after everything that happened between them. Those were all euphoric moments, small moments, tinged with sadness, and leaving lots and lots of questions behind.
So yes, I think that last shot, from the previous episode, when all four girls are dancing in Shoshanna’s apartment, is completely fitting for a “Girls” series finale. And that’s exactly how I will choose to say goodbye to them.
“Girls” is wrapping up its final season, and for all of you mourning the loss of Hannah, Jessa, Marnie and Shoshanna, boy, do we have a treat for you.
The cast slipped back into their characters during a reunion on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night, in a sketch that explores where their characters end up many, many years down the line. The twist? It’s also one big homage to “The Golden Girls.”
Settle on in for a healthy serving of “Girls” nudity, self-centeredness, grounded absurdity and Elijah just bein’ Elijah. All that’s missing is a Betty White cameo.
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