Lena Dunham is catching a lot of flack for her comments about an alleged victim of sexual assault.
The Girls actress released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter defending one of her show’s writers against accuser Aurora Perrineau.
Perrineau says screenwriter Murray Miller raped her in 2012 when she was seventeen. She told The Wrap that she filed a police report on Friday.
Dunham apparently is only a feminist when she doesn’t know the accused. If she, based on nothing, thinks the an alleged rapist isn’t one because she’s a friend, all good right?
Here’s her statement:
During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. 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. 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.
Suffice to say, Lena was dragged for her statement. Rose McGowan was one of those who criticized her heavily.
I really dislike that this victim, who does not have a platform or voice, is being maligned by those who do.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) November 19, 2017
Others also got into the action...
Lena Dunham doesn't believe her white male friend raped her black female costar? Color me shocked. Almost like white feminism is really only about uplifting and supporting white women as they pursue their ultimate capitalistic goals of sharing the role with men as oppressors.— 🌲Merry Katmas🌲 (@kat_blaque) November 18, 2017
She can add it to this list of tonedeaf apologies pic.twitter.com/kX2pgkNyAB— Leslie Lefkowitz (@hotmesslie) November 19, 2017
Me during every Lena Dunham apology: pic.twitter.com/AxGjipQYiQ— freddie ransome (@Ransome_Note) November 19, 2017
Lena Dunham is trash. Taylor Swift is trash. Hillary Clinton is trash. White feminism is TRASH.— refried bean flavored la croix ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@queeralamode) November 18, 2017
Lena Dunham knows the language of feminism and may very well be a feminist. But the countless times she’s had to apologize for oppressive language and behavior is a real problem. https://t.co/xS7ImfoDru— Evette Dionne 🤔 (@freeblackgirl) November 19, 2017
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