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Lena Dunham speaks to a crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Word games

Lena Dunham criticizes media coverage of Hillary Clinton as “rabidly sexist”

January 26, 2016

In an interview with Variety over the weekend, actress Lena Dunham took aim at news coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign calling it “rabidly sexist.” The actress and budding media mogul also took issue with what she says is a double standard in the way male and female candidates are covered by news organizations. “The way that Hillary Clinton’s been talked about in the media is so gendered and rabidly sexist in every single portrayal,” Dunham said. “Whether it’s the attacks on her personal life or the adjectives that are used to describe her clothing, we have to do a full reexamination,” she continued. Dunham rattled off a list of words that she said should be off-limits to the media when covering a woman candidate, including, “shrill, inaccessible, difficult, frumpy, plastic,” adding, “If we were allowed to talk about male candidates like that, I’d have a f**king field day.”

On Tuesday, conservative radio host for The Blaze Doc Thompson discussed Dunham’s remarks on his show, launching into a rant that the “partial list” Dunham mentioned in the variety didn’t consist of words that are “gendered” or “rabidly sexist.” Listen to the entire segment here (it begins at approximately the 11:41 mark). Thompson then tweeted the hashtag #WordsThatDontDescribeHillary and asked his listeners to help Dunham complete her list of words that shouldn’t be used to describe the Democratic frontrunner. The hashtag trended for a few hours Thursday morning after Thompson’s initial tweet that included the word “honest.” Many followed a similar theme using words like “accountable,” “ethical” and “law-abiding,” criticisms of the email scandal engulfing Clinton. However, Thompson himself, within just two minutes of his first tweet that launched the hashtag, made Dunham’s point with a sexist remark in another tweet.


His word: “cankle-less.” Thompson just couldn’t help himself and keep his criticism of Clinton on the issues. While most of the tweets focused on issued-based legitimate criticism of Clinton’s campaign and platforms, several Twitter users followed Thompson’s lead by posting crass and sexist words.

Read the full story and watch the interview at Variety.