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Lena Dunham Defends ‘Girls’ Writer Accused Of Sexual Assault

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She says it was “misreported”

After Girls writer Murray Miller was accused of sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau, showrunner Lena Dunham came to his defense. She and producer Jenni Konner claimed in a joint statement that this is "one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year." Their comments have since received a lot of backlash from people who think Dunham and Konner are discrediting a woman of color and upholding "white feminism."

While the details of the assault have not been released, Miller "categorically and vehemently denies" them, his attorney, Don Walerstein, said in a statement. "After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who—on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf—sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims."

He added that, "Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police. Mr. Miller looks forward to sharing all evidence and information with any and all authorities seeking the truth in this matter."

In their statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Dunham and Konner said that "during every time of change," referring to the ripple effect that has followed the assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, "there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets." They said that while their "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." 


The two added that they wouldn't be speaking again about the issue. Dunham later tweeted, "I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love." 

Their comments have since received a lot of backlash. Dunham especially is being criticized for discrediting Perrineau, a woman of color, and for being an "opportunist white feminist." 

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"Lena Dunham doesn't believe her white male friend raped her black female costar? Color me shocked," YouTuber Kat Blaque wrote. "Almost like white feminism is really only about uplifting and supporting white women as they pursue their ultimate capitalistic goals of sharing the role with men as oppressors."

 

"Lena Dunham and her ilk are perfect examples of opportunist white feminism," someone wrote. "She doesn't exactly have a stellar record in confronting those within her circle. And citing false rape accusations in his defense? Disgusting."

 

"Lena Dunham: women coming forward about sexual assault are so important this is so necessary but only if it's about a known scumbag and not someone I know personally, please."

 

"It is hard to imagine a better avatar for white liberal capitalist feminism than Dunham. Truly this is *kisses fingers* spot on for that brand."

 

"Please stop letting Lena Dunham speak for my generation." 

 

"I never want to see any publication hail Lena Dunham as a feminist icon ever again."

 

Some have called her out for being hypocritical, as she's tweeted before that women don't lie about rape. 

 

While the internet never misses an opportunity to take out the pitchforks for Dunham, let's not forget the story here is about Perrineau and her allegations against Miller, which are currently being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. 

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I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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