Lena Dunham is under fire once again after the Girls star and creator shared a picture of herself at a recent Times Up event — in spite of the fact that she isn’t actually involved in the movement. In a post made to Instagram, Dunham had written that she felt “humbled to stand alongside these amazing women and say #TIMESUP on systemic oppression, underrepresentation, discrimination,abuse and violence in all industries.” But social media users began taking Dunham to task for her alleged victim-blaming of actress Aurora Perrineau in November, and controversy was stirred further by actress Tessa Thompson, who commented on the post to confirm that Dunham hadn’t been involved in the project, and that her presence at the event “was a surprise to us all.”
Dunham later spoke to IndieWire, confirming that she had not been able to be part of the previous work of the movement due to “highly personal reasons,” but that she had been invited to attend by a close friend.
“I’ve worked with Tessa and respect her artistry and admire her consistent candor,” Dunham added.
On Thursday, Thompson issued a statement clarifying that she didn’t “want to diminish Lena Dunham and her work, her voice, and her importance,” and suggested that her words had been misrepresented by those who wished “to create conflict where there isn’t any.”
Dunham, who has a long history of controversial comments and social media posts, has in recent months been subject to substantial public fallout over her November defense of her friend and former Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused by actress Aurora Perrineau of raping her when she was 17 years old.
“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,” wrote Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner at the time. Condemnation of the statement was swift, as many social media users noted that Dunham had long said that women should always be believed when making rape claims.
“Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape,” Dunham tweeted in August.
A day after defending Miller, Dunham issued a new statement apologizing for appearing to question Perrineau’s account, writing that she and Konner “regret this decision with every fiber of our being.”
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