Lena Dunham has a scathing history of racism, a Black writer who worked for the “Girls” creator claimed recently.
Zinzi Clemmons, who has reportedly known Dunham since their college years, resigned from her post at the actress’ feminist weekly Lenny Letter. Clemmons distanced herself from Dunham because of her “hipster racism,” she said in a post shared on Twitter Sunday.
“I’d call their strain ‘hipster racism,’ which typically uses sarcasm as a cover,” she said, “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 continued: “In Lena’s circle, there was a girl who 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.’ I was often in the same room with her, but I never spoke to her, only watched her from afar in anxiety and horror.”
Clemmons, who called for other Black women to pull away from Dunham, resigned after the star defended Girls writer Murray Miller, who was recently accused of sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau.
“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,” Dunham initially tweeted on Friday, though it was removed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
After Twitter users condemned her, she was singing a different tune on Saturday.
“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry,” Dunham said in a statement shared to Twitter.
LaToya Cantrell has just become the first female mayor of New Orleans. She is the first woman to hold the position in the city’s 300-year history, CNN reported. Cantrell, who is a city councilwoman, reportedly received 60% of the votes over former municipal court Judge Desiree Charbonnet.
“This victory is not about LaToya Cantrell,” she said to supporters on Sunday. “This campaign did not start about self. It only started with and has been rooted in the people of the city of New Orleans.”