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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Lena Dunham says she underwent a total hysterectomy
The former Girls star hopes the procedure will help in her battle with endometriosis.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Lena Dunham confirms breakup with boyfriend Jack Antonoff after five years, but she’s still wearing his ring
"I'll always wear (it) because love is a really cool, eternal, powerful, eternal thing," the former Girls star explained on Instagram. "It doesn't have to be defined the way we, in Western culture, define it -- as beginning and ends. Things can be, 'You're a drop of water and you reenter the ocean.'"
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
Harold Perrineau reacts to accusation a Girls writer raped his daughter: “YOU HAVE FU*KED WITH THE WRONG FAMILY!!!”
“I’ve been silent for a few weeks now. Completely silent,” the former Lost star and father of accuser Aurora Perrineau said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I mean what do you say when you are watching your wife not eat or sleep? What do you say when you realized you couldn’t protect your child? What do you say when your heart is just…broken? Silence.” He added: “I realized I’m not watching some victim here, I’m in the presence of a warrior. A real life crime fighter who is unafraid to look boldly at some coward who hoped to abuse her and say, no.”
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 8:21PM EST
Attorneys for Girls writer Murray Miller retract claim that his rape accuser demanded money
Miller’s attorneys released a statement saying: “In a previous statement to the media, we stated that (Aurora) Perrineau sought substantial monetary damages from our client Murray Miller. Neither Ms. Perrineau nor her attorney have ever made a demand for money. Our previous above statement was incorrect and the result of a good-faith misunderstanding.”
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 1:12PM EST
Judd Apatow defends Lena Dunham’s response to Girls writer’s rape accusation
"We’re all kind of trying to figure out how to navigate this best,” said the Girls executive producer. “It affects all of our lives and touches all of our lives in all different ways. She apologized for speaking too quickly, but I think many of us are in that situation. And I think overall she is one of the great people in our business fighting for very important causes. And I appreciate that.”
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
“Lena Dunham Apologizes” Twitter account creator admits: “I'm not even really an avid follower of Lena Dunham”
Australian Jess Wheeler says he developed the apology generator because “every bloody second, I see 'Lena Dunham apologizes for something culturally insensitive' on my feed.”
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 12:21AM EST
Prestige TV comedies tackled sexual misconduct in the past, but will the post-Harvey Weinstein era change their approach?
Master of None, Girls and One Mississippi were among the comedies that had sexual misconduct storylines pre-Harvey Weinstein, as Amanda Hess points out. But those storylines were more complicated, including a focus on “the bystander’s predicament” when it comes to sexual harassment. “It seems unlikely that these more fleeting television moments would be scripted exactly this way today,” says Hess. “When the details about big-name industry abusers were still in the shadows of the popular consciousness, it allowed for some comedic freedom. Sexual harassment could safely be raised as a serious-but-not-too-serious offense, one that might allow for some nuance in the telling. But now that the grave details of abuse lodged against people like Harvey Weinstein have been made clear, they feel too weighty to play around with, at least for now.”
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 8:34PM EST
A writer for Lena Dunham’s newsletter exits citing her “hipster racism”
Lenny Letter writer Zinzi Clemmons, who has known the Girls star since college, writes that it’s “time for women of color — black women in particular — to divest from Lena Dunham." Clemmons cited Dunham’s initial defense of Girls writer Murray Miller for her decision to leave, but says that people “in Lena’s circles” have been known to use the N-word. "Back in college, I avoided those people like the plague because of their well-known racism," she wrote. "I'd call their strain 'hipster racism,' which typically uses sarcasm as a cover, and in the end, it looks a lot like gaslighting — 'It's just a joke. Why are you overreacting?' is a comment response to these kinds of statements."
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 6:12AM EST
Lena Dunham apologizes for defending Girls writer accused of rape
“As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up,” Dunham wrote on Twitter after she and her producing partner were the subjects of scorn for dismissing a rape allegation against Girls writer Murray Miller. “I never thought I would issue a statement publically supporting someone accused of sexual assault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend’s situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months. I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.”
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Lena Dunham under fire for defending Girls writer accused of rape three months after tweeting ”women don’t lie about” rape
Dunham has been a staunch advocate on behalf of sexual assault survivors, even tweeting on August 4: “Things women do lie about: what the ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.” Yet Dunham is being slammed on Twitter for issuing a statement in support of Girls writer Murray Miller, whom actress Aurora Perrineau is accusing of raping her in 2012, when she was 17 and he was 35. Dunham cited “our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation” to determine that “sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year.” As Yesha Callahan argues, “of course this will now play out in the court system, but one has to wonder why is Dunham now rushing to give her friend the benefit of the doubt?”
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 8:19PM EST
Lena Dunham: We stand by Girls writer Murray Miller amid rape accusation
“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% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” Dunham said in a statement co-signed by Girls showrunner Jenni Konner. Murray is accused of raping Aurora Perrineau, the daughter of Lost alum Harold Perrineau, when she was 17 and he was 35 back in 2012. Perrineau filed a police report on Friday. "We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue,” Dunham said in the statement.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 6:40PM EST
Girls writer Murray Miller is accused of raping Harold Perrineau’s actress daughter, Aurora Perrineau
Aurora Perrineau, the daughter of Lost star Harold Perrineau, says she filed a police report today accusing Miller of raping her in 2012, when she was 17 and he was 35. Miller is credited with writing seven Girls episodes. He’s also written for King of the Hill and American Dad. Miller’s attorney, Matthew Walerstein, said Miller “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous claims” and said his legal team had “gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims.”
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
Louis CK was able to separate himself from Louie, yet Lena Dunham was always identified with her Girls character
Dunham, thanks to Girls, “was completely collapsed into her art,” says Kathryn VanArendonk, resulting in her being pigeonholed as the voice of her millennial generation. Meanwhile, Louis CK “never had the burden of his art being fundamentally rooted in his identity," says VanArendonk. "His show was seen as a brilliant artistic transformation of himself. It promised us he was seeing himself clearly, and he was making a joke about who he was. We believed him.” VanArendonk adds that, even though Louie and Louis CK were virtually alike, the comedian “was allowed to hide in plain sight, given the benefit of a doubt that he was actually someone different than the character of himself he portrayed. The art never fully collapsed into the person; likewise, CK (and Louie) never had to carry the burden of representing an entire class of people. Louie got to live in a vacuum, and so did Louis.”
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Larry David: A comedian out of his depth and out of his time?
David’s controversial SNL monologue and a string of disappointing Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes seem to show that he’s either out of touch with the times or just lazy, says Melanie McFarland. While David's HBO series was off for the past six years, newer “cringe” shows like Broad City, Girls and Difficult People “stepped in to fill the void, while modernizing and molding the discomfort in which David trades to suit current sensibilities,” says McFarland. “Its characters, like David’s Larry, thrill viewers with comedy that springs from a stunning lack of awareness and utter selfishness. Unlike Larry, they all live in the world the majority of its audience shares.”
Posted Tuesday 9/12/17 at 3:42PM EDT
Will & Grace gets Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells to appear together
The Glee alum and Girls vet have booked a one-episode appearance on NBC’s revival of the hit sitcom, but their roles haven’t yet been revealed.