The forthcoming HBO Max show “Generation” executive produced by Lena Dunham.
In a scene set in a biology class, the production used actual dead cats for the actors to dissect.
It was revealed on Twitter:
They brought in real dead kittens for background to ‘dissect’ on set. No warning, people had trauma responses. They had been told it was a frog dissection but they showed up to real dead kittens and were expected to stay. At the wrap of day two they were informed one of the camera men tested positive for COVID.
Sources confirm that a member of the crew had tested positive, and is currently in isolation.
Production had learned of the test results after the day had wrapped, contradicting the tweet.
Production on “Generation” has been paused and will resume according to safety guidelines.
Dunham didn’t hear about what happened until Saturday after she was tagged in responses to the tweets. When she’d read the script, she never imagined they would use actual animal specimens. Dunham hasn’t been on set, she’s currently in London shooting the movie “Catherine, Called Birdy,” which she wrote and directed.
The scene is being reconceived and will not appear in the series.
HBO Max spokesperson and Lena Dunham issued statements.