Maddux is being very naive here. Nepotism isn’t just about Jim Bob’s dad literally handing him the keys to the family dealership the day he turns 18. Lena Dunham’s parents *know* people — that is critical cultural currency, and something many of us don’t have. But, to become successful in a creative industry, knowing the right people is key, second only to actually having some talent. But the fact is, there are a lot of talented people who lack the drive or ability to get to know movers and shakers in their industry and therefore never get anywhere. Dunham does have the advantage of having her parents already know some of the right people — people who know people who can make her own push to get to know the right people just a little bit easier. Don’t mistake me here: Dunham obviously has a lot of drive and talent, and she likely would have made it anyway, but I doubt she’d deny that who her parents are and who they know managed to ease and quicken her route to success.