Author Zinzi Clemmons accuses the weekly feminist newsletter founder of 'hipster-racism,' saying that she's also exiting the publication.
Zinzi claimed that she's known Lena since they "ran in the same circles in college." During that time, Zinzi said she "avoided those people like the plague because of their racism," adding, "I'd call their strain 'hipster-racism,' which typically uses sarcasm as a cover, and in the end, it looks a lot like gaslighting."
" 'It's just a joke. Why are you overreacting?' is a comment response to these kinds of statements," she continued, before claiming that one female "in Lena's circles" was "known to use the N word in conversation in order to be provocative, and if she was ever called on it, she would say 'it's just a joke.' "
Zinzi said she "was often in the same room with her, but I never spoke to her, only watched her from far in anxiety and horror."
My statement on why I will no longer write for @lennyletter, and the behavior I witnessed firsthand from @lenadunham's friends.— zinziclemmons (@zinziclemmons) November 19, 2017
It is time for women of color--black women in particular--to divest from Lena Dunham. pic.twitter.com/dxOWCLhTpA
Zinzi said she's decided to leave Lenny Letter after Lena expressed her support for "Girls" writer Murray Miller, who was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau. "As a result of Lena Dunham's statements, I have decided that I will no longer write for Lenny Letter. For all you writers who are outraged about what she did, I encourage you to do the same. Especially women of color."
The author also wrote that "one of my best friends was victimized in almost the exact same way by someone in Lena's circle. It was never addressed, and he continues to move in those circles and has a powerful job." She added, "Let's hold Lena accountable, and to me that means sacrificing some comfort and a little bit of cash, in this moment."
As reported before, Lena released a statement over the weekend in which she and "Girls" EP Jenni Konner came to Murray's defense instead of the victim's. Many on Twitter slammed Lena for her dismissal of Aurora's account, prompting the 31-year-old actress to release a new statement in which she apologized for her wrong act.
"I never thought I would issue a statement publically supporting someone accused of sexual assault but I naively believed it was important to share my perspective on my friend's situation as it has transpired behind the scenes over the last few months," Lena tweeted. "I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry."
"Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case. Every person and every feminist should be required to hear her. Under patriarchy, 'I believe you' is essential. Until we are all believed, none of us will be believed," she continued, adding, "We apologize to any woman who have been disappointed."