A writer from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s Lenny Letter has publicly quit working for the website, citing ‘hipster racism’.
Girls actress Dunham was accused of ‘hipster racism’ from Zinzi Clemmons, a writer who quit working for the newsletter over the weekend.
Clemmons addressed her decision to no longer write for Lenny Letter in a statement posted on Twitter, where she said Dunham used ‘sarcasm as a cover’ for racism.
In her statement, Clemmons claimed to have known Dunham and her fellow Girls actress Jemima Kirke, since college.
She wrote that Dunham’s inner circle at college were notorious for “their well-known racism.”
Clemmons adds, “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. Why are you overreacting?’”
“It is time for women of color — black women in particular — to divest from Lena Dunham”
It is time for women of color–black women in particular–to divest from Lena Dunham. pic.twitter.com/dxOWCLhTpA
— zinziclemmons (@zinziclemmons) November 19, 2017
She also writes that “in Lena’s circles,” one woman had been “known to use the N word in conversation in order to be provocative.
“I was often in the same room with her, but I never spoke to her, only watched her from far in anxiety and horror.”
Clemmons’ exit from Lenny Letter came in the middle of further controversy for Dunham and her writing partner, Jenni Konner.
The showrunners and Lenny Letter editors released a joint statement defending Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused of rape by Aurora Perrineau in 2012.
Dunham and Konner’s statement stated that having “worked closely” with Miller, they concluded that he could not have raped Perrineau, and that her accusation is “one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year.”
After receiving a huge backlash for the statement, Dunham retracted her statement, writing:
“I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.”
Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, “I believe you” is essential.”
“Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed. We apologize to any women who have been disappointed.”