What does it mean to engage with the "feminist" work of someone who so frequently wrongs women?
Lena Dunham and her creative colleagues are guilty of "hipster feminism", a writer said Saturday in a post announcing her furious exit from the "Girls" creator's feminist newsletter. Actress Aurora Perrineau filed a report alleging that Miller raped her when she was 17.
In a joint statement with Girls' executive producer Jenni Konner, Dunham said that she stood by Miller. She and Konner issued a statement in support of their long-time co-worker, describing Perrineau's accusation as "one of the three percent of assault cases that are misreported every year".
"As a result of Lena Dunham's statements, I have decided that I will no longer write for Lenny Letter", she wrote. She's now in Nigeria at a literary festival hearing stories from women who are "putting themselves in danger every day to help women in some of the worst conditions on earth".
"She can not have our words if she can not respect us", wrote Clemmons, who is black.
It is time for women of color-black women in particular-to divest from Lena Dunham.
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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".
Jemima Kirke was in my year at RISD while I was at Brown [Ed note: the campus is next door]. She said they had mutual acquaintances.
She said Dunham and the women in her circle - whom she referred to as "wealthy, with parents who are influential in the art world" - were notorious at the time for "their well-known racism". They had a lot of power and seemed to get off on simultaneously wielding it and denying it.
She stressed that she avoided such people due to their "well-known racism" which she termed as "hipster racism". I'd call their strain "hipster racism", which typically uses sarcasm as a cover, and in the end, it looks a lot like gaslighting- "It's just a joke". She explained it further by stating that the common responses to this type of racism are, "It's just a joke" and "Why are you overreacting?"
Zinzi also claims that the people she referenced were still being supported by Lena. "It was never addressed, and he continues to move in those circles and has a powerful job", she wrote.
Though we don't have any further information on that situation, Clemmons has added that Dunham has lasting connections with numerous people she's talking about.