Lena Dunham put her foot in her mouth again. What’s new? The actress/activist made a joke recently in her Women of the Hour podcast, saying “I wish I had” an abortion, E! Online reports. She was attempting to relate to the emotional stress and stigma of having one. I’m sure you can guess she did the exact opposite and has now apologized.
“My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I’m so proud of the medley of voices in the episode,” the Girls creator wrote on Instagram. “I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. My words were spoken from a sort of ‘delusional girl’ persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that’s what my TV show is too) and it didn’t translate. That’s my fault.”
“I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma,” she continued in the caption. “I take reproductive choice in America more seriously than I take literally anything else, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don’t convey this truth clearly.”
“I know plenty of people will never like a thing that leaves my lips, mea culpas or no, but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me. You mean everything to me,” she declared. “My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom.”
“You know how in some households you curse and have to put money in a jar? Well in mine, if you mess up your pro-choice messaging you have to give a sizable donation to abortion funds in New York, Texas and Ohio,” she added with a link for others who wished to give. Dunham concluded, “I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.”
I forgive her. I have no doubt this a sincere apology. Besides, she does way more good than bad! I understand she’s extreme and a lot of people don’t like her for that. But I have bigger fish to fry.
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