Lena Dunham acknowledged that white privilege helped her safe her “Women” deal at HBO when she was 23 years outdated.
In a sequence of tweets on Monday, the 34-year-old New York native responded after filmmakers and actors of colour started commenting on a tweet from The Hollywood Reporter that learn: “@LenaDunham was 23 when she offered #Women with a page-and-a-half-long pitch, and not using a character nor a plot.”
“At any time when I discover out I’m trending, I’ve to instantly verify if I’m alive,” she wrote. “Then, I attempt to see if there’s a constructive dialogue to have on Twitter. Usually there isn’t, however at the moment there actually WAS.
“It really wasn’t a dialogue. It was simply me agreeing that the Hollywood system is rigged in favor of white folks and that my profession took off at a younger age with relative ease, ease I wasn’t in a position to acknowledge additionally as a result of I didn’t know what privilege was.
“The previous ten years have been a sequence of classes,” she continued. “The lesson now? Sit down. Shut up, until it’s to advocate for change for Black folks. Hear. Make artwork in non-public for awhile- nobody wants your e book proper now woman. Give reparations extensively. Defund the police. Rinse & repeat.”
Commenting on The Hollywood Reporter tweet, black movie professor Ahmed Greatest tweeted: “I’ve a masters diploma in movie and educate movie at a prime tier college, An over twenty 5 yr skilled profession and I stroll into pitches with a totally realized bible pilot and 7 season arc, and sometimes occasions informed it’s not sufficient. However Lena Dunham, cool.”
MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson in contrast Dunham to Issa Rae whose present “Insecure” can also be on HBO.
“Keep in mind Issa Rae produced TWO viral seasons of Awkward Black Lady on Youtube then made a pit cease at a web-based outlet earlier than she acquired a deal for #InsecureHBO,” Johnson wrote. “Lena Dunham confirmed up with scribbles on a serviette and acquired a pilot.
“And also you surprise why black of us are calling out ABC, Bon Appetit, NYT and MORE media shops to come back about systematic racism and it’s play cousin nepotism.”
Dunham was additionally criticized for her household background — her mother and father are each profitable artists and she or he grew up on Soho.
“Women” premiered in 2012 and was a direct vital darling, working for six seasons and was executive-produced by Judd Apatow.