Some background on what I’m about to say later in this blog post:
- Lena Dunham is a multi-faceted woman in Hollywood. She’s a comedian, actress, director, creator, writer and many other things.
- Lena created and stars in a popular show on HBO called Girls
- I have never watched Girls
- In the show Girls, Lena Dunham’s character gets naked a lot
- Lena has received a heavy amount of criticism due to the fact that her character gets naked a lot — a fair amount of this criticism is leveled at Lena because of her body shape (she’s not a size 0 model)
- Lena hosted Saturday Night Live this past Saturday where she got naked
- Lena received a lot of Twitter-hate and Twitter-rage about getting naked on SNL
- Lena sent a very inappropriate tweet on Sunday night about child / familial molestation and her nakedness
- Lena deleted the tweet and apologized
- Part of her apology stated “Not if they were a fifty year old man. But by my lights women can have a lot of joke flexibility. Ya gotta get by in this world”
Whew! That’s a lot of background bullet points.
Here’s the thing. Rape jokes should never be okay. Whether you’re a 50-year-old man or a 20-something female comedian.
As bad as rape jokes are, jokes about molestation are even worse and have no place in our culture.
And, a 20-something female comedian — especially one who champions women’s rights as strongly as Lena does in other instances — should be even more aware about the impact of those words.
Lena blamed her tweet on Sunday on being sleepy. And, while I don’t consider that a valid excuse for this type of joke, I do hope she learns something from the backlash about how inappropriate it was.