Lena Dunham talks about Girls, how Donald Glover was totally not a token

That didn’t take long. Last night, after exactly two episodes and one Ayn Rand reference, Donald Glover’s black Republican was kicked off Girls. Put more specifically, he was written off the show after a mortifying breakup fight seemingly designed to answer the many criticisms surrounding Girls and its lack of racial diversity. When Vulture spoke to Lena Dunham a few weeks ago, she told us that Glover was cast before the public outcry (“why would you not want to kiss him on TV?”) but that he felt like the right actor to address certain issues. Here are a few more breakup-related thoughts from Dunham:

Much of the final breakup scene was improvised.
“There was a script but we just went HAM on the script; I mean, we went crazy. The script was the basic arc of that conversation, and the improv was my weird Missy Elliot rap lyric and the moment where Donald goes on his diatribe and he’s like, “I’m gonna get a fixed gear bike and I’m gonna date a black guy!”
All that stuff. Donald raps a lot about his relationship to being like a hipster black guy and the fact that he’s been in like a very white comedy scene and a very white like indie music scene — he has that lyric about being the only black guy at the Sufjan Stevens show — so he had a lot to say on the topic.” Read more...Collapse )