As mentioned in our morning round-up, Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave a nice little soundbite to The New York Post about Lena Dunham’s New York-centric show, Girls. He is such a superfan!
“We love the show for inspiring people to move to New York City and become the ‘voice of a generation,’ as Hannah would say,” Mayor Bloomberg apparently gushed at some point in time. He’s even looking to cameo! (Hope he knows how to unicycle.)
Meanwhile, the rest of the quotes don’t come from Mayor Bloomberg, but from Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, with lots of descriptive details about how City Hall employees talk about the show incessantly. The mayor himself, it’s noted, doesn’t actually watch TV in his house.
Here’s Howard Wolfson again, speaking for the mayor:
Despite being a big booster of television productions that film on the streets of the Big Apple, Bloomberg claims he does not watch any TV at home.
But the City Hall buzz about “Girls” has penetrated his pop-culture bubble, with staffers gabbing and tweeting about the show in official cars shuttling the mayor to and from events.
“It shows the city in a different way than ‘Sex and the City’ did, but also positively,” Wolfson gushed.
Even from his Upper East Side townhouse, “Mayor Bloomberg is well aware that the next [girl] like Hannah wants to come and move to New York and live in Greenpoint,” Wolfson said.
See, unlike Sex and the City, Girls doesn’t really try to glamorize the Mary Tyler Moore ethos of “making it” in the big city; nor will the ostensible audience of young women who move to the city to be like Hannah end up contributing that much to the local economy.