Shortly after Lena Dunham publicly defended Girls author Murray Miller, who has been accused of badual badault, a author for her feminist e-newsletter, Lenny Letter, introduced her resolution to give up.
Zinzi Clemmons took to Facebook on Saturday, November 18, to share a prolonged publish explaining why she not wished to work on the Golden Globe winner’s feminist e-newsletter, referencing Dunham’s response to actress Aurora Perrineau’s declare that the Miller badually badaulted her when she was solely 17. The badertion additionally went on to insinuate that the Girls star, 31, is racist.
“As a result of Lena Dunham’s statements, I have decided that I will no longer write for Lenny Letter. For all you writers who are outraged about what she did, I encourage you to do the same,” she wrote. “Especially women of color. She cannot have our words if she cannot respect us. To eliminate any doubt, I know exactly who Lena Dunham is – who she was before she was famous – and have for years, and I will tell you.”
“[Lena] and I ran in the same circles in college,” she continued. “[Girls star] Jemima Kirke was in my year at RISD while I was at Brown. We had many mutual acquaintances and still do. Most of these acquaintances were like Lena — wealthy, with parents who are influential in the art world. They had a lot of power and seemed to get off on simultaneously wielding it and denying it.”
“Back in college, I avoided those people like the plague because of their well-known racism. I’d call their strain ‘hipster racism,’ which typically uses sarcasm as a cover, and in the end, it looks a lot like gaslighting — ‘It’s just a joke. Why are you overreacting?’ Is a common response to these kinds of statements.”
As a results of Lena Dunham’s statements, I’ve determined that I’ll not write for Lenny Letter. For all you…
Posted by Zinzi Clemmons on Saturday, November 18, 2017
She went on to element the “anxiety and horror” that was brought on by one woman in Lena’s circle who used the “N-word in conversation in order to be provocative,” stating if the woman was ever referred to as out on it, she’d declare it was only a joke.
The former Lenny Letter author added, “I have been overcome by emotion since reading Aurora Perrineau’s account because of its similarity to an incident that happened when I was in college.” After detailing the explanation she didn’t report the incident in school, she admitted, “I still carry so much guilt, to this day, that I didn’t do more at the time, and I worry what effect that had on how she’s processed this trauma.”
Clemmons concluded the badertion: “I had one reservation on this resolution, and that’s that there are a lot of unbelievable girls who work for Lenny, two of whom have supported my work with such selfless care. I’d apologize to them for this resolution, however I’m not doing that anymore. Their boss betrayed them by her actions, and it was incorrect for her to make them select between their authors and supporting their boss. They deserve so a lot better.”
“Let’s hold Lena accountable, and to me that means sacrificing some comfort and a little bit of cash, in this moment.”
As beforehand reported, Dunham was criticized after she and fellow Girls creator Jenni Konner launched an announcement defending Miller on Friday, November 17. The badertion included the next, “While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of badault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed.”
Following the criticism, Dunham launched a brand new badertion on Saturday, November 18, to apologize. “As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up,” she tweeted. “Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publically supporting someone accused of badual badault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months.”
“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry,” the Lenny e-newsletter founder continued. “We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting our thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber to our being.”
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