...they're a little more annoying than last season. Now that last year's sheer shock of how they portray this generation's women—as indecisive, damaged, and flawed—wore off, I realize just how annoying most of these characters are. But I put aside Jessa's insistance to stay married to a complete stranger, Shoshanna's weakness for the verbally-abusive Ray, and Marnie's random hookup with the briefly-bi Elijah, because I was too busy wondering why the opening scene was of Dunham having sex with Donald Glover ("Community").
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it kind of felt like the inclusion of that scene—specifically its placement at the beginning of the episode—was her way of saying, "Oh you want black people? This is how I feel about what you want." It sort of makes a mockery of what was asked of her. She wasn't asked to have sex with more minorities. She was asked to give them a voice too. (Personally, I don't agree. Writers write what they know and well, being white is what she knows.)
There's also an underlying unspoken controversy that most people wouldn't dare even mention: the unspoken disdain that some black women have towards any non-black female who would dare "poach" their "good men." I'm sure Dunham is oblivious that this bias even exists, but she probably doesn't realize that she inadvertently offended an entire faction of women who don't necessarily disapprove of interracial couples, but do disapprove of not getting first dibs on the dwindling population of "good black men." So jumping one of the funniest and most talented up-and-coming black entertainers in Hollywood as a response to a request for more diversity on her series is kind of like shoving their faces in an eat-shit pie.
But again, maybe I'm reading too much into it. Maybe his inclusion was thoroughly appreciated by last year's haters, and all is officially right in the world.