Song of the Week: “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (Cyndi Lauper)

We welcome Lorfimus Prime for the second time in as many weeks for another Song of the Week entry! 

“The Goodbye Girls”

The girls were fun while they were with us.  Two Shows.  Six girls.  Six seasons.  This year the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls ended its run after 138 episodes while HBO’s Girls left after 62 installments.  The former chronicled the misadventures of Kat Dennings’ Max Black and Beth Behr’s Caroline Channing trying to eek out an existence in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as waitresses while pursuing their dream of owning their own cupcake business.  It contained no deep societal messages but amid the breast, penis, and vagina one-liners the message of friendship between polar opposites shone through as the sassy yet insecure Max bonded with fallen entitled debutant Caroline and channeled the spirits of Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, respectively.  In Girls, Lena Dunham’s Hannah along with Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Marnie (Allison Williams), and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) strive for fulfilling careers and sexual fulfillment in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.  Girls was seen as a more accurate portrayal of young women that previous television shows had been particularly via its realistic views of sex and in challenging the “traditional” concept of what a “sexy” female body should look like.  Now as we bid farewell to six girls we loved, we salute them with a number 2 hit from 1983 and remember, they just wanted to have fun.  And they helped us to do the same.

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