A video posted by Lena Dunham in which she and her father celebrate “the extinction of white men” is drawing fire from critics who argue that the sentiments expressed in the video are “racist” and “sexist.” The video opens with Dunham asking her father, Carroll Dunham, “how [he was] feeling about the extinction of white men.”
“Well, white men are a problem. Straight white men are a big problem, that’s for sure,” responded Carroll. “But I actually feel pretty good about it. I think straight white guys have been screwing things up for long enough. High time for straight white males to step back and let some other people do it.”
The response was mostly harsh — and, apparently mostly from men, as the above tweets show — but there was some support for Dunham’s video, including one Twitter user who dubbed it #improveMENt.
Dunham found herself at the center of a similar controversy in September after she made sexually- and racially-charged comments about an NFL player she sat near at this year’s Met Gala. She ended up apologizing amid accusations that she was exploiting “white entitlement.”
The video, which features the audio of the brief conversation alongside animation by Sophie Koko Gate, was posted with a brief addendum — “It’s not the end of men, it’s the evolution of men into better men,” wrote Dunham.
Watch the video below.
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