Is Lena Dunham really a feminist?
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Is Lena Dunham really a feminist?

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"Girls" creator and star Lena Dunham is back in hot water after she made a public statement supporting a colleague accused of sexual assault. Critics said the actress, who considers herself a staunch feminist, was essentially calling the alleged victim (a Black woman) a liar. The backlash was so intense that Dunham apologized, and her fans say she shouldn't lose all her feminist cred because she made a mistake. This mistake is hardly her first, however. Do you consider Lena Dunham a feminist?

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After actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report against "Girls" writer Murray Miller, alleging he sexually assaulted her when she was 17 years old, Dunham and her co-producer Jenni Konner sent a public statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Dunham's critics say real feminists don't immediately, publicly rush to the defense of the accused simply because they are friends.

"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 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray..."

Others don't blame her for coming to the defense of a friend. They say most of us would do the same if we felt someone we were close to had been unjustly accused.

Others called bullshit. 

Many of her fans admit she screwed up, but at least she listened, took responsibility, and apologized.

But many are tired of Dunham's apologies. Remember this gnarly, racially tinged projection she had on Odell Beckham, Jr? She apologized for that too. 

The Mary Sue argues that Lena's used up her hall passes on these issues.

How many times does Lena Dunham have to fail women of color before she actually begins to learn? Or more bluntly, how many times does Lena Dunham have to say and do racist shit before white women stop defending her?

A leading writer for the Lenny Letter, the feminist newsletter that Dunham publishes, quit over the controversy.

But others say Dunham is more sinned against than sinning, and gets a lot of undeserved dragging and hate.

And many say dunking on Dunham has just become too easy of a pastime. She's made mistakes, but she's not evil.

Dunham, unlike other celebrities who make a faux pas, isn't afraid to apologize when she screws up. Lena Dunham isn't perfect, and that's part of her appeal. It's easy to dislike Dunham. However, those who ridicule the star need to take a look in the mirror and ask why Dunham threatens them so much.
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