Critics Cry Nepotism Over HBO’s ‘Girls’

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Cable giant HBO just launched what it hopes will be the network's next hit show. "Girls" premiered to decent ratings, and there's been plenty of buzz about the show, but it's not necessarily for the reasons that show creators were hoping for. Someone on Tumblr took the original promotional poster for the show, reimagined it, and relabeled it "Nepotism." Why? Well, as it turns out, all four of the main characters on the show are daughters of famous people.

Here's the breakdown of each girl's famous connection. "Girls" creator and lead actress Lena Dunham is the daughter of artist Laurie Simmons. Zosia Mamet is the daughter of playwright David Mamet. Allison Williams is the daughter of NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams. Jemima Kirke is the daughter of drummer Simon Kirke of the band Bad Company.

The image is being shared all over social media, with people calling foul and saying that other actresses may not have gotten a real shot at being cast in the roles.

However, there's now an uprising against the backlash, with one person tweeting, "you must also hate the poster children of nepotism George Clooney and Angelina Jolie." Who's Clooney's famous connection? His dad is journalist Nick Clooney, and his aunt was singer Rosemary Clooney. Jolie's father is actor Jon Voight.

"Girls" is also receiving criticism for its lack of diversity in the cast. One person questioned, "Is it possible for a young NYer to not have any black or brown friends?"


This next story makes it seem as if Willy Wonka's Factory may have jumped from the movie screen to real life. British public relations firm Mischief PR and McVitie's, a snack-food brand, have installed lickable wallpaper in an elevator in London.

The wallpaper is made up of lickable stickers depicting Jaffa Cakes, a popular cookie. The project is the idea of English chef Heston Blumenthal and artist Damien Hirst. The two men hope that the wallpaper will help relieve some of the stress for those who work in the building.

Luckily, for sanitation's sake, a bellboy will be present to remove each sticker once it has been licked. If the project is successful, it may expand. Of course, that will depend on how willing people are to get in touch with their inner Willy Wonka.