Actress and left-wing provocateur Lena Dunham just picked the worst time to possible to push her liberal views, and the response was immediate.
On Father’s Day, Dunham tweeted, “You don’t need a father- so many families work so many ways- but if you have one, he better werk.” It created such a huge internet backlash that the actress decided to quickly delete it — but the damage was done.
Dunham is probably most famous for her creating and staring in the TV series “Girls,” which is about a young woman trying to make her way in New York City as an amateur. While it sounds interesting on the surface, the show has received constant criticism for its overly feministic agenda and for Dunham’s character “having the most depressing, disempowered sexual relationships imaginable,” says Catherine Scott with The Independent.
Even more troublesome is that she has admitted multiple times that the role created in the show and many of the events that happened were largely based on personal experiences from her own life.
In real life, Lena Dunham has been a champion for leftist ideals, primarily abortion and extreme feminism. Be it dressing up as a Planned Parenthood “doctor” for Halloween or regularly joking about abortion, she has received a lot of flak from conservative and even some liberal media for her troubling pronouncements. So, it’s not terribly surprising she would be the source of criticism on a holiday celebrating arguably the most important roles a man has.
And there’s something else unusual about her Father’s Day statement. Ironically, she often refers to her own father as a good man. In fact, around the same time she posted the controversial tweet, she uploaded a picture of her father sitting in a hospital waiting anxiously while she was in the ER. The text included with the picture spoke lovingly of how much she appreciated the father she had in her life and the sacrifices he went through to make her recovery bearable. It’s odd that for someone so appreciative of fathers that she would send out a tweet that seemingly undercuts them.
Among the more notable responses to her tweet was from President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who fired back: “It Never ends. Would be great to have just 1 day without the unnecessary SJW [Social Justice Warrior] commentary. Doubt there was a similar comment on Mother’s Day.”
It’s unclear whether Donald Jr. was suggesting that such controversial comments wouldn’t be made on a day celebrating women, or if he was referring to this tweet she sent out on Mother’s Day in 2015, “This Mother’s Day, let’s vow to protect our right to become mothers when and how we want #choice #blessmothers”.
Whether she’s suggesting fathers aren’t necessary on Father’s Day or using Mother’s Day to promote killing the unborn — yet another irony — Dunham always seems to find her way into the harsh limelight of criticism and controversy. Like many millenial liberals, it appears that she really just can’t help herself and has to seek attention however she can get it.