In the season 3 finale of Girls, lead character Hannah Horvath (played by director and writer Lena Dunham) was accepted into the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. As shocked as I was to hear of Horvath’s acceptance into one of Iowa’s Regent universities, I was even more taken aback to read that the University of Iowa denied requests by HBO to film upcoming episodes on campus, citing a “potential disruption to campus”. Talk about a lost opportunity for the university and Iowa City.
Admittedly, a filming probably would cause some disturbance on UI’s campus, as “Girls” is one of the more popular shows on television today, especially among college-aged students, but this logic is just silly. I can only imagine what Dunham and the show’s other writers could conceive for an appearance in Iowa, but in my mind any publicity from the show would benefit all parties involved. Maybe the school was worried Hannah would meet Vodka Sam or have something to say about President Sally Mason’s recent comments to The Daily Iowan about sexual assault. Though I doubt either of these situations would ever make it into the plot of “Girls”, I also doubt that the school actually gave this decision much thought before turning the show down.