Beefs 2012: Girls' Christopher Owens Blasts HBO's 'Girls' over Shared Name
Published Apr 19, 2012Christopher 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.