NY Post’s Linda Stasi and Others Weigh in on Lena Dunham’s Girls Second Season

The NY Post’s Linda Stasi is known mostly for her “opinionated” writing.  As Alyssa Rosenberg of Slate notes, Stasi, let it all hang out in her review of the second season of BHB Ten 2012 member Lena Dunham’s Girls, which begins airing Sunday on HBO:

Slate: At the New York Post, Linda Stasi let loose an impressively nasty review of the second season, bringing up Hollywood’s obsessive standards about women’s bodies as an excuse to express her disgust for Dunham’s. While many writers have insisted that what bothers them about Girls is the degrading positions (sexual and otherwise) its characters find themselves in, Stasi both complains about those circumstances, and makes it clear she’s disgusted with Dunham herself: “It’s not every day in the TV world of anorexic actresses with fake boobs that a woman with giant thighs, a sloppy backside and small breasts is compelled to show it all,” she wrote. “It’s a boon for the out-of-shape, and perhaps a giant economic loss for high-end gyms, especially in Brooklyn.” Reactions like Stasi’s—and the presumption that the primary and most important function of any woman who appears on screen is to be sexually attractive to the audience—are exactly why it’s rare to see bodies like Dunham’s on television.

Mareesa Brown of The Stir adds:

The Stir: Stasi goes on to say Lena’s appearance is “a boon for the out-of-shape, and perhaps a giant economic loss for high-end gyms.” She can’t seem to wrap her head around the fact that “Adam as well as another man are now obsessed with [Lena's character, Hannah] and can’t get enough of her blobby body” or the other fact that “the gorgeous Marnie is the one who is now totally unlucky in love.” Wow. Is this woman utterly clueless or what?…

It may be too much for someone like Linda Stasi to handle, but the more people start seeing more seriously real-looking women like Lena on TV, maybe we won’t have to worry about so many “Girls” and women suffering from eating disorders and poor body image. And for that, Lena deserves more than a standing ovation.

And of course folks voiced their disgust on the social media:

Stasi vs Dunham

Storified by Brooklyn Bugle· Wed, Jan 09 2013 18:29:16

Linda Stasi is like 100 years old and wouldn’t know a contemporary joke if it came up and bit… http://soc.li/qdQdijJSandra Oh
Wow, talk about high school gossip-level nastiness. Where was this woman’s editor and why did they allow this to get published?Stephanie Hall
I don’t care if you aren’t a fan of Girls or Lina Dunham, but if you agree with this sort of body-shaming, then I don’t even want to know you.http://jezebel.com/5973929/ny-post-critic-writes-nuanced-review-of-lena-dunhams-blobby-bodyLauren Belmore
Linda Stasi’s comments on Lena Dunham’s body are infuriating and disgusting: http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/new_girl_on_top_mBHbR1rcwafv9yieVNDWfN?utm_source=SFnewyorkpost&utm_medium=SFnewyorkpost Madam, you are OUT OF LINE.Britt Hayes, Esq.
Hideous: Instead of critiquing GIRLS s2, Linda Stasi repeatedly mocks Dunham’s body and acceptance of it. http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/new_girl_on_top_mBHbR1rcwafv9yieVNDWfN?utm_source=SFnewyorkpost&utm_medium=SFnewyorkpostGirls on Film
What courage, Linda Stasi & the NY Post, it took to call Lena Dunham "blobby." Do you have a daughter? If so, may I say, very cool teachingsKathy Salerno
Woah. What an ugly review. Linda Stasi at NY Post on "Girls" (and Lena Dunham’s body). http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/new_girl_on_top_mBHbR1rcwafv9yieVNDWfN?utm_source=SFnewyorkpost&utm_medium=SFnewyorkpost via @girls_on_filmKirsten Drysdale
But I am heating up with my sheer anger at Linda Stasi’s offensive article on Lena Dunham being ‘blobby’ and ‘Girls’ being a lame show.Elly Howse
I mistakenly thought Stasi’s tone was very much bitter gym rat who’s paid her dues on the treadmill & resents Dunham for not falling in lineJoanna Robinson

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  • James

    Another yawn…

  • Wiley E.

    Time to move on to something else.

  • WillowNabe

    Well, I decided to take a look at “Girls” on HBO yesterday for the very first time. I watched the pilot. I realized that I am way too old for that show. If that’s what my girls were doing when they were 24, I am glad that I was a clueless mother and didn’t know. I found some of the scenes too raunchy for my taste. But, that’s just me. I think that everyone should at least see the pilot before weighing in.
    I agree that Lena Dunham is a gift, talented person and quite accomplished at her age. I for one didn’t have any opinion on her body type. She is a writer and director. That’s what she should be judged on and she certainly shows how talented she is regardless of whether or not this grandmother was blushing at some of the scenes.

  • Jazz

    As someone once said – “Brooklyn Heights, I thought it was an outdoor museum!”

    Responses like “yawn” and “move on” only serve to confirm that we’re overrun by caretakers and curators.

  • Gerry

    I remeber NYIT Provost Mathew Shure’s angry look at the schools 1998 VISION Awards Dinner at the Waldorf he had NYIT Alumni Linda Stasi key-note she spoke truthfully about what a dump the mediocre school was/is how she attended classes in a vacant shopping mall that had no air conditioning.

    However I find Linda’s blunt remarks refreshing and enjoy her remarks in the NY post..

  • Jazz

    Gerry she is a rhymes with bunt.

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve tried to watch the show, and found it boring. Obviously not aimed at my demographic. I also found “Entourage” and “Larry David” boring.