Wednesday Opinion: GIRLS, a new take on Nannies? Or just the same old ‘white’ wash?
Here are some interesting reviews of the new show GIRLS. The series features a ‘Nanny’ character, and some people are critical. Is it social satire? Or simply more out-of-touch representation of Nannies?
“UN (United Nannies) summit. With the introduction of minority characters (first at Hannah’s new office, and then at the park), it seems like the eagle-eyed viewers with race on the brain will find fault with how the African American, Asian, and Latina characters are portrayed. And based on Jessa’s brainstorm for nanny unionization, we would tend to agree. Jessa is the only white girl among the children’s nannies, yet she tells them, “I’m just like all of you.” She’s met with rolled eyes all around, including ours. As Marnie should tell her, Jessa, you’re smarter than this.”
“In more bouts of irony, we’re still not getting anywhere with this show in terms of having a non-stereotypical character who’s a person of color, but the scenes with Jessa mapping a nanny revolution seemed to address that Jessa herself (and the other leads, presumably) are unaware and/or just plain ignorant of their privilege. At least someone in the writers’ room knows that this universe does not include dynamic people who aren’t white… I just wonder if they see that as problematic as so many of the series’ critics do.”
“Our final girl, Jessa, briefly loses the two kids she babysits while arguing for a nanny union at a playground. The other nannies she talks to comprise a variety of races and ethnicities. I don’t have any problems with this scene or these characters. With the controversy over Girls’ lack of color, though, I’m sure there are other critics and pundits who will complain about how the few characters of color we’ve seen so far are domestic servants or (in the case of Hannah’s coworkers) willing to let their boss molest them due to the perks of the job. I don’t think there are any intentional prejudices on display here, but this episode does provide those critics with more ammunition.”
What do you think? Is GIRLS a step forward for Nannies? Or more of the same?