Lena Dunham Apology over discrediting Rape Victim
The American actress Lena Dunham surely has more experience in apologizing than she has in acting in Hollywood. And yet, she is back at doing it again. Previously, the actress has been compelled to issue an apology over a long list of wrong decisions and words. And that includes calling herself thin for Detroit, combining negative media coverage with domestic abuse and also for comparing the disgraced comedian Bill Cosby to the Holocaust. But this time, Lena Dunham made an even graver mistake. She tried to discredit and doubt actress Aurora Perrineau on her claims of rape and sexual assault against Murray Miller. Following extreme public backlash, Dunham was forced to make a public apology. Although she regretted her initial statement, people have not been very forgiving. And the actress is still in some serious trouble.
Lena Dunham Doubts Rape Claims Of Aurora Perrineau
The actress Aurora Perrineau claimed that the “Girls” writer and executive producer Murray Miller raped her back in 2012. Aurora filed the report back in November last year, claiming that he sexually assaulted her when she was only 17 years old. Much to the shock and disappointment of many feminists and #MeToo supporters, Lena Dunham sided with Murray Miller. Miller has denied all these allegations and claims that Aurora Perrineau has taken money from him.
Immediately after the report of rape was filed, Lena Dunham released a joint statement with co-showrunner Jenni Konner. They claimed that their insider knowledge of Murray’s situation leads them to believe that this accusation is one of the 3% assault cases that are misreported each year. The statement further announced that,
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.
Lena Dunham Issues an Apology Over Initial Statement
On Wednesday, Lena Dunham made an apology to cover up for her initial response doubting Aurora Perrineau. In her extremely lengthy public apology, Lena Dunham described it as inexcusable and a terrible mistake on her part. In her 1400 word long letter, she claimed that she had no insider information to support Murray Miller. But instead, just some beliefs that actually mean nothing. She added that the painful realization is that she had internalized the male dominant agenda. And was doing nothing but trying to protect it despite being self-aware.
The letter also read that,
My job now is to excavate that part of myself and to create a new cavern inside me where a candle stays lit, always safely lit, and illuminates the wall behind it where these words are written: I see you, Aurora. I hear you, Aurora. I believe you, Aurora.
Although the apology was slammed by many fans, Aurora and her mother have forgiven Lena Dunham after what it seems to them was a heartfelt letter.
Public Slams Lena Dunham for So-called Apology
People have been very less forgiving when compared to the rape victim Aurora Perrineau herself. Twitter was caught up as the public vented their frustration against Lena Dunham and what the actress calls an ‘apology’.
Sorry, Lena Dunham: Making up "insider information" in order to discredit a sexual assault victim should not be let off as a "mistake."
It should be a career-ender.
This is not about the "dominant male agenda" – it is about your choices. https://t.co/aQw8u1zbAj
— Laura E. Adkins (@Laura_E_Adkins) December 5, 2018
And yet Lenny somehow manages to make her long-delayed and late apology to Aurora Perrineau all about Lenny https://t.co/W2DjGFcT5P
— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) December 5, 2018
For someone who's had to apologize so much, you'd really think Lena Dunham would be better at it.
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) December 5, 2018
Should Lena Dunham really be forgiven or not?