Lena Dunham to ‘Address Backlash’ on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’

Lena Dunham (Getty Images)

NPR host Terry Gross is rightly famous for an interviewing style that has brought comedians like Louis C.K. and Tracy Morgan to tears. While we don’t know if anyone will cry, today’s program is to feature Girls creator Lena Dunham, and the program’s release promises that Ms. Dunham will address “all of the backlash surrounding her HBO show.” That backlash includes a wide-ranging conversation about race spurred in part by a Girls writer’s insensitive Tweet, a Tweet that heretofore had been the most substantive statement by anyone on the show regarding the issues of race the Girls mainly-white universe raises. We’ll be watching our NPR app closely.

UPDATE: On the race issue, Ms. Dunham had this to say: “I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and 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.'” More quotes on wide-ranging matters at the NPR site.