Is Lena Dunham's Apology To Aurora Perrinau Too Little, Too Late?
Twitter has spoken: The actress even made the apology about herself.
It's been one hell of a year for Lena Dunham.
To be fair, she's not the only one for which that statement rings true. 2018 has been a particularly explosive year, to say the least — especially in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement.
And a year is also the amount of time that has passed since Dunham and fellow Girls showrunner Jenni Konner came to the defense of the show's producer, Murray Miller, after actress Aurora Perrineau came forward with sexual assault allegations against him in November 2017. Remember that?
Deep breath. Or how about when, despite the fact that Dunham has always been vocal about her own experiences with sexual abuse, as well as her desire to align with survivors and all of the brave women who spoke up with their own #MeToo stories, she and Konner claimed Perrineau had falsified her account?
According to BuzzFeed News, the two issued the following joint statement: "While our first instinct is to listen to every woman's story, our insider knowledge of Murray's situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year."
A few days later, amid an unsurprising amount of backlash, Dunham shared an apology on Twitter:
Note that she never actually apologized to Perrineau herself. Now, though, the Girls star has opened up that can of worms again. In a guest editor letter published by the Hollywood Reporter as part of their Women In Entertainment issue, Dunham claims she "made a terrible mistake. When someone I knew, someone I had loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I publicly spoke up in his defense."
She writes, "There are few acts I could ever regret more in this life. I didn't have the "insider information" I claimed but rather blind faith in a story that kept slipping and changing and revealed itself to mean nothing at all."
Dunham continues, addressing Aurora directly, "To Aurora: You have been on my mind and in my heart every day this year. I love you. I will always love you. I will always work to right that wrong. In that way, you have made me a better woman and a better feminist. You shouldn't have been given that job in addition to your other burdens, but here we are, and here I am asking: How do we move forward? Not just you and I but all of us, living in the gray space between admission and vindication."
Because the apology is clearly intended as such — a measure of good faith after a shocking decision, and yes, a terrible mistake — we can't exactly fault Dunham for her remorse. We also can't fault her putting herself on the line to revisit a controversy she could have easily avoided broaching again, although some may say that decision was strategic, aimed toward moving back into the good graces of the public once more (whatever that means for Lena Dunham, anyway).
Clearly, the situation, and its repercussions for all parties involved, is nuanced. But we're also inclined to believe that the latest in the actress' string of public apologies is coming too little, too late.
To add even more proverbial fuel to the fire, the statement may have done the opposite of what Dunham intended. Its wording in particular led many to claim she even went so far as to make her purported "apology" about herself.
We'll always love Girls. But perhaps it's time to take a break from stirring the pot, Lena.