Is Lena Dunham trying to hide her white privilege with the “Generation” of HBO Max? His Top 5 disturbing statements
From being the IT Girl of 2012 with the launch of HBO’s “Girls” to the outcast of the #MeToo movement, Lena Dunham has become the default poster for narcissistic white feminism. The “generation” arriving on HBO Max on March 11 appears to be Lena Dunham’s patented apology dressed like a TV show. As the show’s executive producer and screenwriter, this project is supposed to get him the most attention as it airs on HBO Max.
Comparable to ‘Girls’ in terms of scope, it stands out from her other upcoming projects which include ‘Sharp Stick’, an independent film and her second feature, the adaptation of YA’s novel ‘Catherine Called Birdy’, a comedy coming of age for Working Title.
“Generation” which focuses on “Gen Z” experiences with sexuality and gender sits firmly in Dunham’s territory. She explored the insecurities of white millennial women around dating and relationships in “Girls.” Could the same relationship and focus, but with a Gen Z spin, work again?
Dunham must hope so because it has considerably “awakened” the project. The queer POC leader in the form of Chester played by Judge Smith is symbolic of how the series guarded against criticism thrown at Dunham before that. Whether it’s having more racial diversity in the cast or tackling LGBTQA themes and plots, “Generation” seems to want to anticipate any criticism that might be leveled at it.
For more measure, Dunham roped up 19-year-old Zelda Barnz and her gay father Daniel Barnz as showrunners and co-creators. Zelda Barnz, bisexual and daughter of two fathers, will hopefully give the voice authenticity required for the project. However, will Dunham’s controversial statements and actions in the past hamper or harm the project?
Here are the top 5 statements from Lena Dunham that got her in trouble:
“We support Murray”
In 2017, Dunham defended Murray Miller, screenwriter and executive producer of “Girls,” after actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report alleging Miller had raped her. Perrineau said she was 17 at the time, while Miller would have been 35 in 2012 when the incident occurred. Dunham is his statement supporting Miller wrote: “Our inside knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that unfortunately this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported each year. We support Murray and that is all we will say about this question. Social media tore her apart not only for jumping to the conclusion that the rape victim was lying without any solid evidence except her intuition, but also for using her considerable influence to support a white man in a position of power. on a black woman victim. Dunham apologized the next day in a lengthy statement for letting down on women who were disappointed with his actions. She wrote: “… speaking we were putting our thumbs on the scales and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fiber of our being.” After the incident, Dunham was held at arm’s length by the #MeToo movement.
“Denouncing Harvey Weinstein only makes you more sexually irresistible”
It wasn’t the only time Dunham managed to anger #MeToo activists. After Harvey Weinstein’s moment of judgment and disgrace, Dunham said in a now-deleted tweet: “Ironically, guys, speaking out against Harvey Weinstein only makes you more sexually irresistible (consensually, of course).” The frivolous tweet that viewed #MeToo as a wake-up call that could help men fuck was not something feminists and activists working to achieve justice for victims appreciated.
“No one would call me a racist if they knew how badly I wanted to fuck Drake.”
Responding to criticism of the homogeneous cast of “Girls” during the 2017 oral history session on the HBO series for The Hollywood Reporter, Dunham recounted a remark she made when she was 25. “No one would call me a racist if they knew how badly I wanted to fuck Drake.” Dunham has been named for her gaslighting action where she simultaneously indulged in the harmful behavior of supersexualizing black men while trying to pass it off as a joke and “stupid statement” by an immature 25 year old. to avoid taking responsibility for his words.
– It’s a marshmallow. He’s a child. It’s a dog.
Dunham accused football player Odell Beckham Jr of behaving like a misogynist athlete at the 2016 Met Gala, although he never spoke to him. In a conversation with comedian Amy Schumer, Dunham said: “It was like he was looking at me and he determined that I was not in the shape of a woman by his standards. He said: ‘It’ is a marshmallow. He’s a child. It’s a dog .’ It wasn’t mean – he just looked confused. The vibe was a lot like, “Do I wanna fuck this? Is he wearing a… yeah, he’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.” It was like we had to be together, and he was literally scrolling Instagram rather than having to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected. by Athletes. ‘”
After being called for making baseless accusations, Dunham again apologized, addressing the footballer. In her apology note, she wrote: “I … projected these insecurities and made some totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, and then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel bad about it. this subject […] But more importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of oversexualization of black male bodies – as well as false accusations by white women of black men. I’m very sorry, especially for OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. “
“I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
In December 2016, speaking in an episode of “Women of the Hour” on the choice of abortion, Dunham recounted a story where she had visited a Planned Parenthood in Texas where a young girl asked her if i ‘would like to be a part of her project in which women share their abortion stories. Dunham recalled how she went out of her way to claim that she had not had an abortion and that she was “spotless”. But that’s not what got him in trouble.
Rather, that’s what she said after saying she no longer viewed abortion as a stigma. “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had,” she said. Critics were quick to point out how his egocentric comment entirely downgraded the traumatic aspect of abortion and the pain of those who had to have it. She then apologized for the verbal misstep, saying, “I would never intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.”
Hopefully “Generation” no longer features Dunham’s signature “slips” in the episodes she writes, and that she is “awake” enough to escape the cancellation culture this time around.
‘Generation’ will premiere with the first three episodes on HBO Max on Thursday, March 11.