Yesterday, Lena Dunham was apologising again.
At this point, the actress is so infamous for saying she’s sorry for putting her foot in it that there’s now a parody Twitter account that generates fake apologies for her.
Lena Dunham Apologizes spits out hilarious (and sometimes all too believable) scenarios that Dunham might say sorry for next.
But there’s nothing funny about her latest apology.
Let’s back up a bit.
In November last year, The Wrap reported that actress Aurora Perrineau had filed sexual assault charges against Girls writer Murray Miller, alleging that he raped her in 2012, when she was 17 years old.
Miller denied the allegations, calling them “outrageous”.
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To back his claims, Dunham and her Girls co-showrunner Jenni Konner issued a public statement.
“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 assault cases that are misreported every year,” the statement read. “It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”
Later on Twitter, Dunham added: “I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love.”
It was an unprecedented move for a self-proclaimed feminist and #metoo activist. When the odds are stacked against victims of sexual assault and the legal system almost always works against them, believing victims is the most basic tenet of feminism.
Dunham went against this. She had “insider knowledge” of the situation that we were not privy to.
Only, yesterday she admitted, she didn’t.
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