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Lena Dunham Responds to Anger Over Comedian's N-Word Tweet
deltabean wrote in ohnotheydidnt

Lena Dunham didn't speak to the press at the Writers Guild Awards last Sunday, nor did she give a long speech when she accepted the trophy for best new series. And yet, she still finds herself embroiled in a controversy that launched during the show, even though it was none of her doing.

Comedian and presenter Lisa Lampanelli, who is famously known for her foul mouth, tweeted a photo of herself and Dunham at the awards, with the caption "Me with my n---a @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls - I love this beyotch!" Predictably, the tweet fired up critics, angry at Lampanelli -- a white woman -- for using the word.

One writer, Shayla Pierce, wrote several stories for various online publications expressing her outrage, and then took to Twitter to call out Dunham for not condemning Lampanelli.

".@LenaDunham has showed her true colors on this whole n-word debacle. Her silence speaks volumes," she tweeted. "I don't think I'll be watching @girlsHBO anymore. And I say that with honest sadness... Lena advertises herself as a progressive but she's chosen not to address the situation. She seems phony to me now."

Dunham responded on Twitter, writing that she would never use the n-word and that Lampanelli's tweet made her "supremely uncomfortable," but stayed silent because "twitter debates breed more twitter debates."

She added that "140 characters will never be enough for the kind of dialogue that will actually help us address issues of race and class," and then commended Pierce for a "beautifully written piece," apologizing for any discomfort she may have felt.

Pierce happily accepted her response, writing, "Thank you so much. And I do <3 you and your work. Thanks for addressing this *hugsies* @lenadunham."

For her part, Lampanelli has defended her use of the word, saying "The N-word ending in 'er' is far different context from the word ending in 'a.' Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary, it means 'friend."

Aww that's cute I bet you felt so smart thinking I was a joss-stan and that you outsmarted me! Yeah Buffy was a fully white ensemble, with a shitty stereotypes of POC (Kendra, Chao Ann, goddamit Chao Ann) too, I criticize the show for the same reasons and it deserves all the criticism it gets for its rep (or lack thereof) of POC. I'm not gonna be defensive on Joss's behalf for a show that failed at that.

Yours was a nice attempt to stump me though.

Aww, you're kind of a dumb cunt though, huh sweetheart? Egregious condescension deserves one back, ten-fold.

So it's not okay when Joss does it, and it's not okay when Lena does it...but you seem forgiving enough to be a fan of that work and wear it as a badge, meaning you basically enjoyed, and contributed, to the very cause you seem to be so angry with and fighting against with all your passionate little POC-cheerleading heart in this post. White people will continue to rule the tv landscape, you say? Well you certainly didn't do a thing to stop it before.

I'm not trying to out you as a Joss-stan, it took one, quick moment of holding up the mirror to show you what an intolerable hypocrite you are. Like many people in this post, you're just full of irrational, misplaced, misdirected anger.

Hahahahaha I'm gonna have to come back to your posts when I need a good laugh about how sad you are.

I love that your entire argument was invalidated by your blatant hypocrisy, so that's how you choose to resolve this, and fill your time in the future. Which would actually be quite sad. But then again, you're a Buffy fan, so you've wasted your time on lesser endeavors.

please keep commenting! more more!

if it makes you feel better that I watch a show that also deserves the criticism I dished out go for it! just because I watch it doesn't make my argument any less true. Hahahaha and was that last line supposed to offend me? You are so cute with this this I swear.

Sweetie! Honey! Child! Dumbfuck!

You cannot so passionately rail against white-washed TV landscapes and yet engage, support, and contribute to said shows that seem to perpetuate the very thing that is making you so damn irate. You don't get to pick and choose. That's not how this works. Because if you want to say that you CAN, and that you DO, then that invalidates everything you are saying. Everything. You earlier called me a dumbass for not knowing why white people are controlling the media...well, you're certainly not doing a damn thing to correct its course.

So stand by your cause! Be that fearless soldier I believe you can be!

Send me another paragraph! Do it, I know you can muster something up!

Keep trying to prove me wrong!

You literally have no argument now. Nothing. You were so engaged until I called you out on your hypocrisy, and now you have nothing. My job is done here.

Nah I could go on about this, but you're too dumb to spend much more than 300 characters on at a time anymore.

keep it coming, looks like neither of us has anything better to do apparantly

Nah, now this is just a case of one right person (me) and one very wrong, hypocritcal dumbass (you) getting obsessive about having the last word. My only vice, that I can't deny. I do actually have a party to go to later, but I'm happy to pick this back up in the morning if you have more "nothing" to say.

Welp, my job's done here at least. If you'd like to keep shouting nonsense at the wall, I mean it's essentially what you've been doing this whole time.

I don't get this. So people can't enjoy something and still criticize it at the same time? Everything someone enjoys has to be 100% free from criticism for them to criticize everything else? Or are you just trying to find a way to dodge her argument?

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