During the series finale of HBO’s ‘Girls,’ Lena Dunham’s character Hannah gave birth to a black baby, prompting raised eyebrows all across the internet.
Writing for Vulture, Jackson McHenry states that Dunham’s baby “seemed not to look like the product of a white woman and a light-skinned Pakistani man, but rather, as many people pointed out on social media, black.”
“Of all the questions left unanswered by Sunday night’s series finale of ‘Girls,’ one screams out most loudly,” writes The New York Post’s David Kaufman. “Why is Hannah’s baby black?”
Kaufman goes on to state that “the choice to cast a seemingly black kid in an ostensibly white(ish) role confirms that ‘Girls’ was an exercise in unprecedented self-indulgence. Dunham is going to do whatever she wants, without a thought to the world outside her little bubble.”
Social media users have also weighed in, albeit slightly less eloquently than the TV critics at The New York Post and Vulture.
White girl + pakistani guy = black baby. The human trash of ignorance and race exploitation that is lena dunham. https://t.co/vcHYb7k5Rh
— Batool Abbasi (@bae_tool) April 23, 2017
What I don't get is Riz Ahmed being her baby daddy in the show and somehow she birthed a black baby… what a Lena Dunham thing to do.
— Olivia (@copperboom24) April 22, 2017
why does lena dunham have a black baby
— small (@newwavehotdogs) April 21, 2017
@lenadunham you are ignored and selfish I would feel like a failure as a parent if you were my child. Black baby really?
— Kathie R (@KathieR65) April 18, 2017
As for the real-life mother of the actor that plays Lena Dunham’s black baby, she’s apparently gotten defensive.
According to The Root, mother Jaclyn Nichole declared in a (now deleted) tweet, “1st off my baby who plays Grover isn’t black! He’s Peurto Rican & His Dad is Haitian.”
This, of course, only complicated the racially-charged situation further.
“Maybe Little Grover’s mother doesn’t actually realize that there are black Puerto Ricans and that Haitians are black,” writes The Root’s Yesha Callahan.
Again, Twitter users weighed in on Nichole’s statement in a slightly less eloquent fashion, as seen in the video below.
Lena Dunham is no stranger to making eyebrow-raising choices in the name of entertainment.
During the 2016 election, the actress released a truly cringe-worthy rap song called “Sensual Pantsuit Anthem” in support of Clinton.