Lena Dunham Supports Women…As Long As They’re Not Black. Author Says It’s Time We Stop Supporting Her

November 20, 2017  |  

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Over the weekend, actress Aurora Perrineau, daughter of actor Harold Perrineau best known for his role in The Best Man, recently accused “Girls” writer Murray Miller of sexual assaulting her. According to the Hollywood Reporter,  Perrineau filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to The Wrap, Perrineau alleged Miller raped her in 2012 when she was 17-years-old. In the statement given for the polygraph test, Perrineau said, she met Miller at the Standard Hotel where she and some friends had consumed some alcoholic beverages. She said, “He was flirting with me. I told him repeatedly that I was 17 years old.” Miller, who was 35 at the time, later said that he was drunk and asked the group of girls for a ride home.

When they reached Miller’s home, Pernnieau said that everyone got out of the car. Perrineau said she didn’t want to but felt she had to go along with what everyone else was doing.

“At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray.”

Miller vehemently denied the claims.

That’s his right. What didn’t need to happen was Lena Dunham stepping forward to also defend Miller against Perrineau’s claims.

She sent a statement defending him to the Hollywood Reporter.

“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified. It’s a hugely important time of change and, like every feminist in Hollywood and beyond, we celebrate. But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller. 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. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

What’s particularly troubling about the incident is that fellow “Girls” co-star Allison Williams took a better, more sympathetic approach to the situation.

“We’ve [the Get Out cast] been out all day. I don’t know enough to be able to say anything. I haven’t looked at my phone.”

Really, anyone other than Perrineau and Miller don’t know enough about the situation to comment about either party’s innocence. Lena was not there. But as a woman, as a so-called feminist, even if she wants to believe in her friend’s innocence, why did she have to release a statement publicly calling a Black woman a liar?

Is there any other excuse aside from racism?

Given Lena’s frequent and consistent instances of racial insensitivity, I can’t think of another one. She does this. It’s her thing.

And author and journalist Zinzi Clemmons called her out in her recent Facebook post.

I’m with Clemmons. I can’t speak for anyone else but I know I’ve tried and tried again with Lena Dunham and her problematic views. But after this most recent slap in the face, I think I’m good on supporting her any further. I would have liked to believe that she was speaking quickly and without thinking. I thought she was still adjusting to being White, with privileged White thoughts, in the public eye. But this right here… It’s something else. It goes against everything feminism is about. It’s hypocritical. And it makes an already traumatic experience exceptionally painful for Perrineau.

I’m still waiting for the day when she does better, but until then, I can’t consciously support her work when her actions, not her apologies, repeatedly and consistently show how she really feels about Black folks.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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