Lena Dunham Takes Full Responsibility For Mistranslation Of Abortion Joke
Lena Dunham has clarified that an objectionable comment she made about wishing she had had an abortion on her podcast was intended as a joke, and subsequently apologised for the insensitive manner in which it came across. She has donated to an abortion charity in her contrition.
Lena Dunham apologises for abortion joke with charitable donation
The ‘Girls’ star, who has been a staunch pro choice activist for many years, apologised yesterday (December 20th 2016) for comments made on her Women of the Hour podcast. On the episode, the 30 year old actress spoke about the stigma behind pregnancy termination and how she was asked to share her abortion story at a Planned Parenthood event in Texas, but immediately informed the person asking that she she’s never had an abortion.
‘I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion’, she said. ‘And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department.’
My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. My words were spoken from a sort of girl persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that what my TV show is too) and it didn translate. That my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma. I take reproductive choice in America more seriously than I take literally anything else, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don convey this truth clearly. I know plenty of people will never like a thing that leaves my lips, mea culpas or no, but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me. You mean everything to me. My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom. ‘I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated’, she said. ‘My words were spoken from a sort of ‘delusional girl’ persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that’s what my TV show is too) and it didn’t translate. That’s my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.’
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She added that reproductive choice is something she takes very seriously and insisted that her life ‘is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom’.
‘You know how in some households you curse and have to put money in a jar? Well in mine, if you mess up your pro choice messaging you have to give a sizable donation to abortion funds in New York, Texas and Ohio’, she concluded.