Lena Dunham Worries About What Would Happen If All NYC's Cool Kids Moved to Florida

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Girls star and generational lighting rod Lena Dunham made her big debut in New York City politics yesterday by speaking at a fund-raiser for comptroller candidate Scott Stringer (her real-life BFF works for Stringer's campaign, natch). Apropos of nothing she decided to throw some major shade at Tampa.

"Recent college graduates, she said, are 'struggling to find jobs and pay the rent and if they struggle for too long, they're leaving New York' for other cities, 'even Tampa,'" reports Capital NY on Dunham's remarks.

"We can't have our generation's Patti Smith moving to Tampa," she continued. "That's going to seriously fuck our shit up."

We secretly suspect that if our generation's Patti Smith moved to Tampa she'd eventually realize that since she's already in Florida she might as well just move to Miami, but, hell, even if this hypothetical millennial Patti Smith did decide to stay in Tampa, what's wrong with that?

Long gone is the New York City of Smith's youth, the kind of place where it wasn't uncommon to be able to rent a cheap place in the Lower East Side and scrap out a living as a struggling artist. Today, the kids who move to NYC either luck out in the job lottery, can rely on mommy and daddy's money and connections, don't fully understand the implications of credit card debt, or don't mind sharing a place with four roommates in a part of Brooklyn that isn't even close to the L.

Gone are the days of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" NYC when "Holly came from Miami, F-L-A. Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A." Today Holly might have stayed in Miami, or at the very least plucked her eyebrows along the way to LA, where all of Miami's cool kids are now relocating. Hell, Cat Power's Chan Marshall, who you could consider a Patti Smith of a generation, makes her home base in Miami. Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, perhaps another Patti Smith of another generation, lives in St. Augustine. Why not a Patti Smith of a generation for Tampa, too?

We're not really Tampa-boosters, but we wouldn't begrudge them or any other Florida city with a burgeoning youth culture scene. At least hypothetical millennial Patti Smith would play shows in Miami pretty often.

Sadly though, Miami has barely figured out how to really sustain and expand on its mid-00s art scene/youth culture-burst. Rising condo prices and construction of new high-rises are already pushing younger creative types out of the neighborhoods they frequent, and it's not like we've done a good job of attracting businesses that hire straight-out-of-college types (or, well, anyone at all, really). Florida cities like Tampa and Orlando aren't doing a better job either.

Maybe a candidate in Florida's upcoming governors race can make it a part of her campaign: "A Patti Smith of a generation for every major Florida city!"

That being said, future Patti Smiths, we are still more affordable than New York City, and people here are a lot less insufferable than Lena Dunham.

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22 comments
mattnormand
mattnormand

There is nothing here in Tampa. I am going back to LA.

Elena Margarita Zapata
Elena Margarita Zapata

This writer took her comment way too personal. Dunham wasn't attacking anyone, it was just a light joke

Leilani
Leilani

That is why our generation's Patti Smith should move to the close-by, more scenic and culturally diverse, St. Petersburg, Fla. 

smartypantz
smartypantz

Those loud, pushy, obnoxious Yankee fans won't ever "get" Southern gentility.  They're just too obtuse.  They mistake politeness for stupidity. I'd rather admire this generation's Patti Smith for her talent, than live next door to her and realize that her personal style is offensive. The entire state of Florida, warts and all, won't rot and fall into the sea if New Patti doesn't grace us with her edginess.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Andrea, I directed my comment to someone who spoke about miami. So you might want to calm down yourself.

butta
butta

I've never been to NYC but, I have a huge sense that it is overrated. It seems that the only thing NYC'ers are better at is bragging about where they are from. 

Andrea Diaz Quizena
Andrea Diaz Quizena

Pffft first of all, Dunham's comment was in reference to Tampa, not Miami (so calm down Miami). Second of all, for anyone trying to be the next Patti Smith or Woody Allen or Fran Lebowitz knows it's much more likely to happen in NYC than Florida!

whateverever
whateverever

What a surprise someone from NYC thinking people in NYC are better than people anywhere else....

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

People who bitch about Miami, Dai Meecedes, usually do so because they lack the stones to make it

David H Dennis
David H Dennis

Miami has a far lower cost of living and a great happy vibe. What's not to love? Admittedly it seems the cost of living is creeping up, but it's still nowhere near as horrendous as NYC. No income tax, too, so if you hit it big you are way better off.

Josh Everage
Josh Everage

Christ I hate this cunt. I have never hated characters more than I hate the ones on Girls. Hopefully one of the guys she fucks will give her super aids.

Dai Mercedes
Dai Mercedes

Florida, especially Miami makes young people plain stupid, fact!

Leon Heflin
Leon Heflin

literally the worst show HBO has ever put on...

Anthony Latour
Anthony Latour

Tampa has awesome craft breweries and a Publix Greenwise! Better drivers too :)

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

The day I give a shit about what Dunham thinks is the day I kill myself

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Don't worry

Anybody who is truly cool doesn't give a rat's ass what that overrated, hack wants. 

Seriously?  

Does anybody expect wannabees and people with chronic cases of "white liberal guilt" watch her show?

dfernandezphoto
dfernandezphoto

@Anthonyvop1 You had it until you threw the "white liberal guilt" in there...Keep your prejudices out of the comment, it will go over better. Also if you are going to insult a group of people, at least use spell check...

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