During the past few days, the Internet has been covered with zillions of blog posts, think pieces and comments about professional oversharer Lena Dunham’s weird way of writing about the stuff she did to her little sister Grace Dunham while growing up together. Some people called Lena Mama June’s next boyfriend and others screamed, “You not knowing dum dums just don’t understand EDGY ART!” While that was going on, a bunch of us were in the corner rolling our eyes while rinsing our brains out with rubbing alcohol and Windex. (Any abuelita will tell you that Windex can clean almost anything!).
Grace responded to this mess on Twitter already. Grace used the word “heteronormativity” in her tweets, so I haven’t fully analyzed her response, because I’m still trying to figure out what the fuck that words means. Little Critter’s extra messy second cousin has canceled two book tour dates in Belgium and Germany after this mess took over the Internet and today she gave this statement/apology to Time:
First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.
Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.
As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.
So at least dozens of eyeballs swept through that book before it went to the printers and not one of them said, “Hmmm, maybe you should take a Magic Eraser to that line where you pretty much call yourself a pedo, unless you really want to be in Roman Polanski’s Book of the Month Club.” Okay.
Now, that’s that and we can all move on to more pressing matters like videos of bunnies eating watermelon.