Lena Dunham's apology is as bad as her writing on Girls https://t.co/dK8LBk52qP
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) December 21, 2016
As we told you yesterday, Lena Dunham offended basically everyone when she said on her podcast that she “I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had”:
'Sociopath': Lena Dunham says on her podcast, '…I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had' https://t.co/KyiX8lWPEr
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 20, 2016
Even liberals saw this as her going over the line. For example, from Erin Gloria Ryan of The Daily Beast:
That's enough, Lena Dunham https://t.co/TQo7CTR90F
— Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) December 20, 2016
And from Eleanor Barkhorn of Vox:
New theory: Lena Dunham is a secret social conservative engaging in a years-long piece of subversive performance art https://t.co/sZlquI72ec
— Eleanor Barkhorn (@eleanorbarkhorn) December 20, 2016
Dunham has since apologized, posting on Instagram that she’ll make a “sizable donation to abortion funds (https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion) in New York, Texas and Ohio” to make up for what she now claims was a “distasteful joke.”
Wow. She really thinks she can just buy her way out of this one?
My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don't choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I'm so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won't diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. My words were spoken from a sort of "delusional girl" persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that's what my TV show is too) and it didn't translate. That's my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma. I take reproductive choice in America more seriously than I take literally anything else, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don't convey this truth clearly. I know plenty of people will never like a thing that leaves my lips, mea culpas or no, but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me. You mean everything to me. My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom. You know how in some households you curse and have to put money in a jar? Well in mine, if you mess up your pro-choice messaging you have to give a sizable donation to abortion funds (https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion) in New York, Texas and Ohio 💰I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.