Swarthmore native Zinzi Clemmons accuses Lena Dunham of 'hipster racism,' quits project

Writer leaves Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter newsletter and accuses her of 'hipster racism'

American actress Lena Dunham has apologized for her comments to support Murray Miller, writer of the United States comedy-drama series Girls, who is accused of sexual assault.

On Sunday, Clemmons posted a statement on Facebook and shared it through her Twitter account that accused Dunham and her circle of college friends of "hipster racism".

In the post, Clemmons said she and Dunham ran in the same circles when she was attending Brown University, and went on to state that Dunham belonged to a group of people whose parents were quite "influential" in the art world and had a lot of "power".

"She described the term by saying, "[Racism] which typically uses sarcasm as a cover, and in the end, it looks a lot like gaslighting". "I was often in the same room with her, but I never spoke to her, only watched her from afar in anxiety and horror".

A writer for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's Lenny Letter has accused the former of "hipster racism" in a lengthy statement posted on Twitter, saying she's also exiting the publication.

Clemmons said that she was "overcome" after hearing Dunham defend a man accused of raping an underage actress several years ago - an incident which Clemmons said bore resemblance to an incident she witnessed her one of her best friends having to endure during college.

She gave no indication, though, that she has changed her mind about Miller's innocence. Lena Dunham has done a bad thing and apologised for it.

'I now understand it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry'.

Rose McGowan, who has been a leading voice against sexual misconduct in Hollywood, accused Ms. Dunham and Ms. Konner of "good old-fashioned elitist slut shaming" and tweeted her support for Ms. Perrineau.

Dunham was heavily criticized for her statement of support, which prompted her to issue an apology on Saturday.

In her statement, she said that she was willing to "sacrifice some comfort and a little bit of cash" in order to "hold Lena accountable".

This is not the first time Lena has had to apologise after making an ill-judged public statement and 2016 saw her issue a statement via Instagram after making comments about Odell Beckham Jr in her Lenny newsletter. Should Dunham still have access to the privilege and platforms she enjoys?

"As feminists, we live and die by our politics, and believing women is the first choice we make every single day when we wake up", Dunham wrote on Twitter. "We regret this decision with every fiber to our being". Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. What does it mean to engage with the "feminist" work of someone who so frequently wrongs women?

Matthew Walerstein, a lawyer for Miller, said the writer "categorically and vehemently" denied the allegation against him and that Miller's legal team had "gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims".

A representative for Dunham did not immediately return a request for comment.

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