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‘Girls’ Casts Donald Glover For Season 2

Girls Season 2 Donald Glover

Now, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that Donald Glover being spotted on the set of HBO’s ‘Girls,’ now shooting its second season out in Brooklyn, has to do with the recent controversy where the Lena Dunham / Judd Apatow series faced accusations of lacking diversity.  But rather than level any further critiques of tokenism, can’t we just be stoked that the amazing ‘Donald Glover’ will still be on TV while we wait for new ‘Community?’

From the New York Post today, photos of comedian, rapper and current ‘Community’ star Donald Glover have surfaced shooting scenes alongside ‘Girls’ star and writer Lena Dunham, as the show prepares its second season out in Brooklyn.  The critically acclaimed-if controversial series received an order for a second season shortly after airing its second episode back in April.  To date, the series is only half-way through airing its first season order.

Of course, in addition to accusations of nepotism for the show’s core cast, ‘Girls’ faced numerous accusations of race for its lack of diversity within the core and peripheral characters, something many have taken Glover’s casting as something of a response to.  Previously, Dunham responded to the criticisms on NPR, saying:

Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. Each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, ‘I hear this and I want to respond to it.’

All I want to do is sound sensitive and not say anything that will horrify anyone or make them feel more isolated, but I did write something that was super-specific to my experience, and I always want to avoid rendering an experience I can’t speak to accurately.

Dunham had also spoken out prior the show’s airing that if accusations of  lacking diversity arose, she would look to correct the imbalance in a second season.  Certainly, any implications of race won’t be lost on Glover, who recently took to his Twitter to deliver a long, rambling diatribe of his feelings on the subject.

Check out a photo of the two on set, and tell us what you think of Donald Glover appearing in the second season of ‘Girls’ in the comments below!  You should also check out our weekly talkback segment, ‘Girls’ Talk!

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