Lena Dunham is a hugely original writer. Who cares if she’s a good person? | Martha Gill
Abusing the comedy writer is now an online sport. Behind it lies something truly ugly
Lena Dunham is preposterously talented. She was just 25 when Girls premiered on HBO, a sitcom about a familiar crowd of narcissistic privileged young New Yorkers, but doing something so entirely new that it spawned a whole genre of television: Fleabag, Bridesmaids, Search Party.
A new species of show was born – that of cringey, confessional female honesty. Girls was, in its way, as big a groundbreaker as The Office and as influential.