Everyone has said something they wished they could take back. However, some people seem to live in a constant state of foot-in-mouth syndrome.
Lena Dunham is one of those people.
Even the most casual consumer of tabloid fodder will remember Dunham’s description in her book “Not That Kind of Girl” of a time she “spread open” her baby sister’s vagina.
More recently, Dunham came under fire for “ascribing misogynistic thoughts” to New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr., after he didn’t talk to her at the Met Gala.
But the backlash from her verbal slip-ups wasn’t enough to keep Dunham from jamming her foot squarely back into her mouth.
In her podcast “Women of the Hour” (a show about “uteruses and me-teruses”), Dunham chose to focus on the issue of reproductive rights.
It's a show all about uteruses and me-teruses on WOMEN OF THE HOUR this week–we're talking Reproductive Choice! https://t.co/6lXlG7G7nA
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) December 15, 2016
…And peppered her spiel with a personal anecdote:
“One day, when I was visiting a Planned Parenthood in Texas a few years ago, a young girl walked up to me and asked me if I’d like to be a part of her project in which women share their stories of abortions,” I sort of jumped. ‘I haven’t had an abortion,’ I told her. I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion.”
Then came a cringeworthy admission:
“Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
The comment was not well-received:
Lena Dunham wishing she had an abortion is like when youre 10 & you wish you had a cast on your arm. Except youre not a kid youre an asshole
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) December 20, 2016
I can't even imagine how offensive Lena Dunham's comments are to women who actually had to go through abortions
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) December 20, 2016
it is with a heavy heart that i must announce Lena Dunham is at it again
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) December 20, 2016
stop ??giving ?? Lena ?? Dunham ??platforms ??
— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) December 20, 2016
Finally something both liberals and conservatives can agree on.
We're all sick of Lena Dunham.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) December 20, 2016
Dunham has since issued an apology on her Instagram page:
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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. 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. 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. 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 (https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion) in New York, Texas and Ohio ?I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.
In part, her caption reads:
“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 show is too) and it didn’t translate. That’s my fault,” she said. “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.”
Dunham also revealed that she made “sizable” donations to abortion funds in New York, Texas, and Ohio.