Lena Dunham is again within the information — by no means glad tidings for civilization. The creator of HBO’s Ladies has issued her newest mea culpa, apologizing for defending a male colleague from an accusation of rape final yr.
Dunham wrote an open letter to actress Aurora Perrineau in The Hollywood Reporter, in search of forgiveness for doubting Perrineau’s allegations in opposition to Ladies author/producer Murray Miller.
However, as befits a lady whose ethical vocabulary has been cobbled collectively from gender research seminar catchphrases and issues scrawled on restroom partitions, her letter left a lot to be desired. Dunham has by no means actually taken duty for the issues she’s mentioned and achieved, from falsely accusing a person of rape to publicly wishing she’d had an abortion.
Partly the letter seems like an try to get proper with The Celebration and keep away from re-education camp. Defending Miller was “inexcusable” and “a horrible mistake.” Her counter-revolutionary crimes weren’t dedicated out of malice however as a result of “I had truly internalized the dominant male agenda.” It appears her “personal coronary heart and thoughts had been colonized by patriarchy.” (The patriarchy made me do it!)
Dunham is wounded, you see:
One thing in me nonetheless feels compelled to try this job [for the patriarchy]: to please, to tidy up, to shopkeep. My job now could be to excavate that a part of myself and to create a brand new cavern inside me the place a candle stays lit, all the time safely lit, and illuminates the wall behind it the place these phrases are written: I see you, Aurora. I hear you, Aurora. I consider you, Aurora.
Yeah. Anyway, good progressives are all the time looking out for what they wish to name “teachable moments,” and Dunham was in a position to flip her “biggest remorse” into her “biggest second of evolution and training.” She had discovered “the methods my very own ignorance operated whilst a survivor of a number of sexual assaults,” one or two of which could have even been actual.
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For her half, based on the Washington Submit, Aurora (by her mom) mentioned all is forgiven. “Perrineau instructed Dunham that she and her daughter ‘really feel your love and obtain your heartfelt apology.’”
However The Submit additionally famous, nevertheless, that Dunham’s shtick is carrying skinny on the Web. One tweeter wrote: “For somebody who’s needed to apologize a lot, you’d actually assume Lena Dunham can be higher at it.” One other reduce proper to the chase: “This isn’t concerning the “dominant male agenda” – it’s about your selections.”
No, it’s about “therapeutic.” And self-pity. In closing the letter she mentioned she knew individuals would query her motives. The Submit once more:
“There are some who will assume I’m scripting this to curry public favor,” she wrote, including in a parenthetical: “That’s OK, although, I ended considering that was an choice for me someplace round 2014, and that’s some form of freedom.”
Tempo Oscar Wilde, one will need to have a coronary heart of stone to learn Dunham’s anguish with out laughing. Rape accusations aren’t humorous, ever. The discomfiture of phonies and ethical posers all the time is.
LifeNews Be aware: Matt Philbin writes for Newsbusters, the place this initially appeared.