Lena Dunham has been forced to release a public apology after defending a senior writer against rape claims.
TV Show writer Murray Miller was accused by actress Aurora Perrineau of raping her in 2012. Dunham’s apology was sent out after mounting public pressure and criticism for defending Miller. She said it “was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.”
— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) 19 November 2017
Miller has “categorically and vehemently” denied the allegations with initial support from Dunham and Girl’s executive producer Jenni Konner.
Both Konner and Dunham released a statement shortly after the claim, suggesting that Perrineau’s “accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year”. The statement has since been deleted.
However, commentators have been quick to accuse Dunham of white feminism, after the self-confessed feminist and rape victim activist failed at the outset to support a claim from “ a woman of colour”.
Author Zinzi Clemmons, who has worked within Dunham’s circle has urged fans to “divest” from the TV star. Suggesting that even throughout university Dunham and her friends were “well known for their hipster racism”.
It is time for women of color–black women in particular–to divest from Lena Dunham. pic.twitter.com/dxOWCLhTpA
— zinziclemmons (@zinziclemmons) 19 November 2017
Dunham is yet to make a statement on the current racism claims.
Subedit: Tom Ladle