Hollywood’s activists weren’t anticipating Lena Dunham to point out up.
The “Ladies” alum appeared in a gaggle shot of a few of the ladies concerned in Time’s Up, a brand new initiative aiming to combat sexual harassment and assault within the office began by greater than 300 Hollywood actresses.
The picture, posted on “Thor: Ragnarok” star Tessa Thompson’s Instagram, drew criticism from commenters.
In late 2017, “Ladies” author Murray Miller was accused of raping “Jem and the Holograms” star Aurora Perrineau in 2012, when she was 17 years outdated.
Miller denied the allegations and his legal professionals mentioned that Perrineau “sought substantial financial damages from him,” however later retracted that declare.
Dunham and showrunner Jenni Konner initially defended Miller.
“Throughout each time of change there are additionally incidences of the tradition, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the unsuitable targets. We consider, having labored intently with him for greater than half a decade, that that is the case with Murray Miller,” they mentioned in an announcement.
“Whereas our first intuition is to hear to each lady’s story, our insider information of Murray’s scenario makes us assured that sadly this accusation is without doubt one of the three% of assault circumstances which can be misreported yearly. It’s a true disgrace so as to add to that quantity, as exterior of Hollywood ladies nonetheless wrestle to be believed. We stand by Murray and that is all we’ll be saying about this situation.”
She later apologized for “naively (believing) it was vital to share my perspective on my buddy’s scenario.”
Thompson responded on Instagram that Dunham had proven up final minute.
“Lena was not wherever current in our group through the numerous hours of labor for the final two months. We hosted an open home for actresses for purple carpet messaging and Lena presence was a shock to us all,” she wrote earlier than deleting the publish.
“This can be a time of reckoning. And for a lot of, a re-education. So many ladies even have actual work to do. I’m afraid it’s too nuanced a dialog to have on this platform. However I hear you, and know that your ideas and phrases aren’t misplaced on me. It’s been mentioned.”
Dunham posted the identical picture, which additionally included Laura Dern, Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon and America Ferrera, on her personal Instagram.
“Humbled to face alongside these superb ladies and say #TIMESUP on systemic oppression, underrepresentation, discrimination, abuse and violence in all industries,” she wrote.