Lena DunhamLatest News and Opinion
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 Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
HBO is bringing Jennifer Garner back to TV with the comedy Camping from Girls’ Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
Garner is making her return to television 12 years after the finale of Alias finale for an eight-episode limited series based on the British TV comedy of the same name. Garner will play “a controlling L.A. mom who is far less cheerful than her Lululemons imply” who goes on a frustrating camping trip with her husband, her “meek” sister and her “holier than thou ex-best friend.” Dunham and Konner will serve as showrunners, while Camping creator Julia Davis will also serve as an executive producer. “We love Jennifer’s restraint and comedic timing, and we can’t wait for the warmth and intelligence she’ll bring to our central character, Kathryn,” Dunham and Konner said in a statement. “It’s truly a dream to have her first on our call sheet. Now we just have to write her some stunts.”
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 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 Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
Hillary Clinton and Harvey Weinstein were discussing a potential TV docuseries
The New York Times has another bombshell report on Harvey Weinstein’s “web of complicity,” detailing how he stayed in power with the help of the media, executives, scared employees and “willfully blind agents.” The Times reports that, “in late September, emails show, he was discussing a documentary television show with Hillary Clinton.” The paper also reports that Lena Dunham repeatedly warned the Clinton campaign in 2016 to stay away from Weinstein. “I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point,” Dunham said she told the campaign. ALSO: NYT reporter says the paper interviewed 200 people for its latest Weinstein exposé.
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 Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
Why the 36 female former SNL staffers supporting Al Franken’s letter are no “Lena Dunham 2.0”
Unlike Dunham’s statement last week in support of her former Girls writer, the letter released this morning from the former female SNL staffers “did not aim to assassinate (radio host Leeann) Tweeden’s character or diminish her claim,” writes Rachel Winters. “While the SNL women could have chosen stronger language than ‘foolish’ and ‘stupid,’ they accepted that what Franken did was wrong. Their intention was not to slander Tweeden, but to testify—after years of sharing a workplace with Franken—about what their own experiences were like.” ALSO: Introducing the “Lena Dunham Apology Bot.”
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 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 Wednesday 10/18/17 at 7:01PM EDT
Lena Dunham’s American Horror Story: Cult episode proved to be very relevant
“Though the episode, which aired on Tuesday, was intended to be timely, the story of female rage proved to be even more relevant in the wake of the sweeping Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal,” says Jackie Strause. ALSO: Did Cult reveal a gaping plot hole?
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Apple cancels Elvis Presley miniseries with The Weinstein Company amid Harvey Weinstein scandal
The Weinstein Company-produced 10-part Elvis miniseries was in its early development stages, which made it easier for Apple to pull the plug and, likely, distance itself from Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal. According to Deadline, “Weinstein Television had partnered with the Elvis Presley estate in 2016 to create an eight- to 10-part television biopic that gave the company all music rights and access to shoot in the singer’s Graceland home and to the King’s automobiles, clothes and jets.”
- The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss calls Weinstein “a scumbag!!! And a criminal!!!! Lock him up!!!!”
- Emmy Rossum, Judd Apatow are among celebs taking to Twitter to denounce Weinstein
- Lena Dunham regrets performing at a Weinstein Company-sponsored Hillary Clinton fundraiser
- Female writers on Seth Meyers' Late Night take down Weinstein
- Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter: “We’ve seen this bad f*cking movie so many times…”
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
Hugh Hefner was a TV pioneer in the way he put black artists on TV in the fifties
As Keli Goff notes, the Playboy founder “put black artists front and center on his television programs, first on Playboy’s Penthouse in 1959, which would feature the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, in a party setting with Hefner and his white (and often female) friends. This fact would scandalize the program and its host in the eyes of certain white viewers and the show was short-lived.” Additionally, Dick Gregory credited Hefner with giving him his big break in 1961, paving the way for his future TV appearances.
- Celebrities from Lena Dunham to Bob Saget pay tribute to Hef
- From The Simpsons to Sex and the City: Watch Hef’s best TV cameos
The Girls Next Door stars pay tribute to ex-boyfriend Hefner