Lil Dicky’s character in ‘Dave’ has been so unsympathetic from the start

There isn’t a rule in the TV Show Fandom’s manual that says you have to love every character on a given show. However, it certainly helps if the main character of a series is likable or, at the very least, acceptable to most.

So when Dave Created on FXX and presented to the world a fictional version of Lil Dicky, aka Dave Burd, it was hard for viewers to admit that the show’s character is sometimes the worst.

The show is a semi-autobiographical take on the life of the rapper and actor, and his rise as a singer in the music world. Parts of the show are obviously fictionalized for entertainment and drama purposes. And, of course, there are elements of humor involved that are hard to ignore.

Lil Dicky also plays himself on the show, which makes it hard to see why he would write himself for being selfish, self-centered, and at times downright titled.

Maybe it’s Lil Dicky’s way of belittling himself or pointing out his own flaws as some sort of therapeutic way to show his life to the world. Or, the fictional Lil Dicky is just a narcissist who’s more of an acquired taste than an adorable up-and-coming rapper that viewers are supposed to hang onto right away.

Why is the character of “Dave” by Lil Dicky so unsympathetic?

There is no clear reason why Lil Dicky in Dave seems to be so unfriendly for the majority of season 1 and season 2. There are tons of examples of his pretty terrible behavior when it comes to those around him, however.

On the show, Lil Dicky’s friends are also his entourage and he expects them to focus 100% of the time on his burgeoning music career. While they should definitely be there for him when he needs them, the feeling is rarely, if ever, mutual.

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Remember season 1 when GaTa struggles with his bipolar disorder? He explains later in the episode why his moods were all over the place from too much medication and, at this point, Lil Dicky reluctantly admits that he can’t stay mad at him.

Until then, he had been frustrated with GaTa for his behavior, which was one of the many times that Lil Dicky wanted all the attention on him.

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Another hard-to-digest part of Season 1 was where Lil Dicky was invited to perform at a child’s funeral. The subject alone was difficult and, of course, strange, since he is a rapper and the request was totally out of left field.

But when he explains his annoyance at being invited to play, his main problem is how the child’s parents “lacked self-awareness” by asking him. It does not take into account their predicament as parents of a deceased child. His lack of interpersonal skills is often astonishing.

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There’s another moment in Season 1, towards the end, when Lil Dicky has to support his girlfriend Ally as she prepares to give a speech at her sister’s wedding. Instead of supporting her, Lil Dicky is focusing more on an opportunity that presents itself for his rap career.

Season 2 of ‘Dave’ begins with Lil Dicky in great shape.

At the start of Season 2, Lil Dicky got even worse. Granted, most of the show is about his rise in the music world and the hardships that come with it, so his character is almost always on edge.

But there is a scene at the top of Season 2 where Lil Dicky has to prepare to help present at the Korean Music Awards and is impatient and downright mean with his crew behind the scenes.

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Then, later in the episode, when his Korean-American intern is arrested, Lil Dicky only shows his concern when he realizes his assistant has been arrested with his backpack, which contains his laptop. It’s a new low for Lil Dicky, but at this point it’s hard to expect anything more from him. The bar is lower and lower for the fictional version of the singer.

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Lil dicky in Dave is also oblivious to Korean culture in the same episode, where he tries to do a music video for a song about – what else – waking up in Korea. He even admits wanting to use the fame of a K-pop singer to help him launch his own career around the world. It’s hard to watch, to say the least.

Dave Burd aka Lil Dicky

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To be fair, part of the character of Lil Dicky in Dave could very well be meant to be a caricature of the real Dave Burd.

It’s hard to believe the TV version of Lil Dicky would reflect the real man, as he’s painted in such a selfish, callous light. But for now, viewers can continue to seek out the breadcrumbs of times when Lil Dicky is much more palatable and maybe, just maybe, redeemable.

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