From Gossip Girl to Girls: Robyn’s Fall From Grace

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Before Lena Dunham assumed she had the monopoly on heavily featuring a Robyn track in a TV episode (specifically the third installment of season one, “All Adventurous Women Do”), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) actually managed to snag a real deal appearance from the Swedish pop star for her birthday party. Not only does Gossip Girl automatically one-up Girls in this regard, but the latter also continues to prove its lack of originality/being on it like a bonnet with trends in that this Gossip Girl ep, “War at the Roses,” uses “Dancing On My Own” in another scene as well.

Pile on the fact that Robyn’s string rendition of “Hang With Me” at Blair’s fête is far more elegant and riveting than watching Hannah Horvath dance alone to the beat of her laptop, and there’s really no competition with regard to which show better made use of its Robyn time. But, Dunham being Dunham, she probably assumed that her show would be able to stamp out people’s memories of Robyn’s hypnotic crooning on the Upper East Side in favor of a faux portrayal of Brooklyn in its 2012 state.

That’s the other thing: Dunham missed the boat on the Body Talk album by two years, whereas Gossip Girl, always timely with its pop culture references, got on it right when the record came out in 2010. In any event, Robyn somehow seems to have forgotten what good television truly is (there has been quite a void since many of the shows that premiered in ‘07, like Gossip Girl and Mad Men have gone off the air) in her concession to expedite the completion of her forthcoming single, “Honey,” just so Girls can get its plump hands on it before mercifully ending (though the damage it has caused will last a lifetime).
While little is known about the track save for a bootleg version of it on Soundcloud, one detail that can certainly be confirmed is that it’s a long fall for Robyn to go from Blair’s b-day celebration to potentially providing the soundtrack for Hannah to have a gross romantic moment or sexual encounter.

About The Author

Genna Rivieccio received her BA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. She has received a number of festival recognitions for her screenplays from The Indie Gathering, Austin Film Festival and writemovies.com. She later transitioned to literature after moving to New York and published her first novel, She’s Lost Control (Lulu, 2011), and started a literary quarterly called, The Opiate. Rivieccio’s work has also appeared on thosethatthis, The Toast and PopMatters. She runs the pop culture blog, Culled Culture, www.culledculture.com.

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