Tessa Thompson schooled Lena Dunham after the “Women” creator Instagrammed a photograph of herself mugging alongside a bevy of A-listers who spearheaded the Time’s Up initiative.
“Lena was not wherever current in our group in the course of the numerous hours of labor for the final two months,” Thompson commented, earlier than lashing out on the star on Twitter for supporting “Women” author and producer Murray Miller in November after he was accused of rape by actress Aurora Perrineau.
“The reality stays: Many ladies, significantly ladies of colour, don’t really feel secure and seen. To these ladies, like Aurora Perrineau — I see you. I’m with you. This have to be clear,” Thompson tweeted.
Including gasoline to the fireplace, Tarana Burke — the creator of the #MeToo hashtag and Michelle Williams’ visitor eventually Sunday’s Golden Globes — weighed in, tweeting #IstandwithTessa.
And Dunham stands alone.
Not so way back, Dunham was the untouchable “voice of a era”: media darling and millennial feminist whose each provocation was fawned over. Now she’s an outcast amid some of the notable female-empowerment actions of our time. Dunham has gone from quirkily cute to carelessly offensive because of a parade of blunders. Whereas she was lauded for being cavalier, there’s no room for sloppiness within the #MeToo age.
Taking a second to suppose earlier than she speaks could be overseas to 31-year-old Dunham, who has constructed her model on being unfiltered. She fed off the conservative hive’s distaste for the uncooked nudity and free morals of “Women,” and led her life as an open diary — even launching the web publication Lenny, by which she gave voice to younger feminists and, in fact, herself. It labored. She had a success present and bought her memoir, 2014’s “Not That Type of Lady,” for a reported $three.5 million.
However then she acquired carried away.
In a September 2016 interview in Lenny Letter, Dunham stated Odell Beckham Jr. — whom she admitted by no means stated two phrases to her — dissed her at that yr’s Met Gala: “He decided I used to be not the form of a girl by his requirements. He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a toddler. That’s a canine.’ ”
The Web rapidly referred to as her out for being self-absorbed and for sexualizing black males. Dunham, in flip, penned a prolonged apology on her Instagram web page, blaming her insecurities for her “completely narcissistic assumptions about what he was considering.”
In her e-book, Dunham fell on her sword when she detailed her alleged on-campus rape by a fellow Oberlin pupil, a moustached Republican she named “Barry,” a pseudonym. Drawback is, there actually was a Republican Barry — who by no means met Dunham and was enrolled on the school on the similar time she was.
Solely after the harmless Barry threatened to sue Dunham did she clear up the confusion, writing on Buzzfeed that “any resemblance to an individual with this identify is an unlucky and surreal coincidence.”
Dunham didn’t be taught to be extra cautious, nevertheless. Throughout a latest podcast dialogue on Deliberate Parenthood, she shockingly proclaimed that “I nonetheless haven’t had an abortion, however I want I had.”
Folks have been incensed. In response, Dunham posted a self-promotional apology: “My phrases have been spoken from a kind of ‘delusional woman’ persona I typically inhabit, a woman who careens between knowledge and ignorance (that’s what my TV present is simply too) and it didn’t translate.”
The Harvey Weinstein second signified a cultural shift, the place behaving with insouciance relating to points reminiscent of sexual assault would not be tolerated. Dunham apparently didn’t get the memo.
In October, she penned an editorial within the New York Instances, calling upon Hollywood males to take a stand towards Weinstein. When George Clooney did simply that, Dunham praised the actor in a tone-deaf Tweet: “Sarcastically, guys, talking out towards Harvey Weinstein solely makes you extra sexually irresistible (consensually, in fact).”
Rose McGowan — considered one of Weinstein’s alleged victims — rapidly tweeted: “Not proper not proper not proper not proper.”
Dunham sheepishly apologized: “I’m sorry I missed the mark.”
Lastly, in November, Dunham and her writing accomplice Jenni Konner issued a press release to the Hollywood Reporter defending “Women” producer Miller, who was accused of a 2012 rape that very same month.
“Whereas our first intuition is to pay attention to each lady’s story, our insider data of Murray’s state of affairs makes us assured that sadly this accusation is among the three % of assault instances which might be misreported yearly,” they wrote. “We stand by Murray and that is all we’ll be saying about this problem.”
Outrage poured in, slamming the 2 for discrediting a girl’s allegations with out providing any proof on the contrary.
Regardless of saying she’d maintain mum, Dunham was again on the keyboard in the future later: “I now perceive that it was completely the fallacious time to return ahead with such a press release and I’m so sorry..”
(Zinzi Clemmons, a author, then give up Lenny Letter, writing in a press release that Dunham’s actions “betrayed” the Lenny workers.)
Within the #MeToo period, there’s merely no margin for error.
Dunham’s precocious outspokenness that after charmed some audiences (whilst others noticed it because the privileged entitlement of a New York wealthy child) at the moment seems rudely disconnected and dangerously ill-informed.
It’s not sufficient to backpedal as soon as the general public will get upset over a reckless gaffe. Dunham simply shouldn’t make the errors within the first place.
Lena, #TimesUp for appearing like a foolish, egocentric woman. It’s time to start out appearing like a girl.