In the past few weeks, Hollywood has been on a purge with people sharing their many stories of sexual assault and rape. One of the most recent cases is Girls writer Murray Miller being accused of sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau, which the LAPD is currently investigating.
The co-runners of the show — Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner — recently released a statement defending Miller…
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 18, 2017
Apparently Lena Dunham is a huge supporter of women coming forward with sexual assault unless it’s someone she knows personally and has held her up and filled her world with love.
— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) November 18, 2017
This is the problem in Hollywood: People don’t believe big names because they’ve known them forever and could never imagine them doing that type of thing.
News Flash: just because you’ve known someone for a long time doesn’t mean they are immune from criticism and have never done anything wrong.
People like Dunham and Kronner, people who shun victims are the reason so many are afraid to speak up. People don’t want to feel embarrassed or ridiculed by others, so they would rather stay silent.
Dunham’s statement is extremely shocking since she wrote about her sexual assault story in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, and on the Today show in 2015 said, “it’s a very, very painful thing to share an episode that personal and receive criticism… but what I received was only a small percentage of the doubt and victim blaming that most women who are sexually assaulted in this country experience.” Ironically, she does the same thing in her statement with Kronner that she spoke out against on show, two years later.
The day after The Hollywood Reporter released the article with the statement (and after a lot of public outcry), Dunham issued an apology on Twitter for defending Murray Miller.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 19, 2017