Beefs 2012: Girls' Christopher Owens Blasts HBO's 'Girls' over Shared Name

> Apr 19 2012

Beefs 2012: Girls' Christopher Owens Blasts HBO's 'Girls' over Shared Name
By Gregory AdamsChristopher Owens, frontman for San Francisco indie rock troupe Girls, is so up in arms over Lena Dunham's new HBO series Girls, which premiered last Sunday (April 15), that he has taken to his Twitter account to publicly rag on the program for taking the common word as its handle.

"Do you think that TV show even thought twice before using our band's name for their show?" Owens posted. "I'll bet they were just like 'fuck it, fuck them.'"

Owens's rant rolls on the premise that his band Girls have been around for long enough that they've left an imprint on the cultural landscape, meaning that Girls (the TV show) is either capitalizing on his namebrand, or will end up usurping his band's cred. Girls formed in 2007, with their self-titled debut disc arriving in 2009.

He also claims that the heads at HBO clearly don't care about his group enough to have considered the precarious position they've put him in. And, well, fair enough.

"Its a bit sucky to be informed by a giant company like HBO that you don't matter enough culturally to not have your name taken away or used," he said.

While Owens did admit that "Girls is obviously a word that cannot be owned by anyone," he added that "anyone that really respected us wouldn't have used it."

Owens also joked that he should undergo similar tactics, writing "I've got an idea, let's start a band and call it The Simpsons."

Thanks to Hipster Runoff for the tip.

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Give me a break. When a band takes a name that's so simple and universal, they shouldn't carp about it when it's used elsewhere. The band isn't even the first to use that name.
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And what has that whiny little brat done to deserve the respect of HBO executives, or the general, or even niche listening markets? Other than exploit his personal history for attention and write boring music that's been done to death by many before?
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this guy is, clearly, an assole
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obviously a joke guys. calm down.
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Totally not an obvious joke. Read the tweets. Dude is mad serious.
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this guy's retarded enough to be serious...
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Boooooring.....
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Didnt they have a song called LUST FOR LIFE?
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In related news prepubescent females everywhere are planning a class action suit against Christopher Owens for blatantly stealing their name without giving them a shred of respect or honour that they deserve for the hard work they've out into being a part of the cultural landscape.
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It's also quite possible, they just don't know who you are.
You sir are no the Simpsons. To believe people outside of the niche that you play to have heard you is ludicrous I could walk down the street and ask ten different people if they've heard of girls and get blank stares.
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