Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Today Lena Dunham said something stupid about a political issue and the internet lost its sh*t.
That’s become a frequent occurrence for Lena Dunham, who’s emerged as the most insufferable famous person on the planet, with the possible exception of Skip Bayless. While I’m guessing she means well, Dunham has such a narrow world-view and abrasive demeanor that she simply can’t help but constantly stirring up controversy.
On her podcast, Women of the World, which I admittedly refuse to listen to, Dunham said, “I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
The context was that Dunham, as such a vocal pro-choice supporter, felt it would up her bonafides in the views of the pro-choice community if she had actually went through the experience of having an abortion.
Obviously just about everybody was mortified by Dunham saying she regretted never having killed an unborn fetus. While political conservatives have been rolling their eyes at Dunham for years, these days just about everybody has had enough of her. Dunham’s comment undermines the position of most progressives, who have always taken the stance that abortion should be a safe and legal option but only as a last resort, by seemingly confirming suspicions that anyone who’s pro-choice has absolutely no regard for human life.
As a New Yorker, my fear is that the rest of the country equates New York values with those of caricatures like Lena Dunham. While you’ll certainly find more people who identify with Lena Dunham in New York than anywhere else, that’s just a tiny sliver of the larger population of the city. And while most people here are actually sane, it’s the people the furthest to the fringe that most want to tell you their views.
For your enjoyment, here are some of the responses on Twitter to Dunham’s comments.