Lenny Letter Writer Accuses Lena Dunham of "Hipster Racism", Exits Publication

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 20, 2017

Now we're all left reckoning with the consequences.

"If these women can do that, surely we can make this small sacrifice". This ride is making me nauseous, how do we all get off?

Since actress and activist Lena Dunham defended a writer from the show "Girls" from accusations of rape and sexual assault, the backlash has been severe. Deadline reported on Friday that actor Aurora Perrineau had filed a report with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department alleging Miller had assaulted her in 2012, when she was 17. She's now in Nigeria at a literary festival hearing stories from women who are "putting themselves in danger every day to help women in some of the worst conditions on earth".

Writer Zinzi Clemmons is one of the many women who are now calling bullshit on the whole thing, particularly in regards to race (Dunham is siding with a white man over Perrineau, a black woman).

A former writer for Lena Dunham's feminist newsletter Lenny Letter has quit in absolutely spectacular fashion after Dunham accused an alleged rape victim of lying. "She can not have our words if she can not respect us", she writes.

In a lengthy statement posted on her Twitter account on Saturday, Dunham said she never expected to defend someone accused of sexual assault, but she "naively" believed it was important to share her own perspective on her friend's situation.

"Jemima Kirke was in my year at [Rhode Island School of Design] while I was at Brown", she wrote. We had many mutual acquaintances and still do.

[Lena] and I ran in the same circles in college. 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 a lot of these statements.

She claimed that one woman in the group was 'known to use the N word in conversation in order to be provocative, and if she was ever called on it, she would say "It's just a joke".

Clemmons cites her relationship with her editors as the reason she has stayed at Lenny until now, but says that Dunham's reaction to the accusations made by Perrineau pushed her to leave the newsletter.

"I was often in the same room with her, but I never spoke to her, only watched her from afar in anxiety and horror", she wrote in the post.

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