Like goddamn clockwork, Lena Dunham is once again apologising for being consistently moronic. More specifically, she’s apologising for calling an actress who accused a Girls writer of rape a liar.
Aurora Perrineau last week filed a police report against Girls writer and executive producer Murray Miller, alleging the man raped her in 2012 when she was 17-years-old.
Within hours, Dunham published a statement in defence of Miller, accusing Perrineau of making up a false claim.
“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% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” she wrote. “It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed.”
Christ-a-fucking-live. The backlash was immediate and intense, with people once again calling out Dunham’s bullshit feminism, like they do every couple of months.
Within a few hours, Dunham put out another statement, which included this absolute belter of a line: “I naively believed it was important to share my perspective.” Wow. Dunham should consider getting that tattooed on her hand, or something.
Here’s her full statement:
“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.
“Therefore I never thought I would issue a statement publicly supporting someone accused of sexual assault, 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. We have been given the gift of powerful voices and by speaking out we were putting out thumb on the scale and it was wrong. We regret this decision with every fibre of our being.
“Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case.
“Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, ‘I believe you’ is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed.
“We apologise to any women who have been disappointed.”
It’s not like Lena Dunham is a stranger to the terrible apology.
This will 100% be what she’s remembered for: not a television show that was groundbreaking for its time, but for being the epitome of everything wrong with white privilege and feminism.