Yesterday, Lena Dunham got the whole world all fucked up when she said in her podcast that she wishes she’d had an abortion. I had to listen to the clip myself. I can’t trust what the outraged masses say, as they generally twist words, and take things out of context just to be upset about them. And while I listened, it was clear (to me) what she meant when she said she “wish[ed] she had,” but it was so poorly translated and received that it absolutely made light of a very serious issue.
Lena has a habit of being shocked by people’s shock at her shocking behaviors and statements, but in this case, she seems to have realized that she took things a little too far. She took to Instagram, posted an image with the text “Choice,” and included a lengthy (and sincere, I believe) apology in which she explained her intention, owned up to her carelessness, and donated money to abortion funds.
The caption reads:
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’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I’m so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. 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. 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’t 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. 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 (https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion) in New York, Texas and Ohio 💰I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.
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