Robert Gehl writes that Lena Dunham is just gross.
In some bizarre attempt to be cool, or fit in, or pretend she’s part of the young, hip crowd, the corpulent Hollywood celebrity says that while she’s never actually had an abortion, she sure wishes she had.
On her podcast (you listen to podcasts, right? Me neither) called “Women of the Hour,” the “B” actress and “C” writer who gained notoriety for admitting she sexually assaulted her little sister lamented that she never had an abortion.
She told her few thousand readers that while she never had an abortion personally, she wish she could so she could reduce stigma around the issue. Here’s how she tells her story, according to The Daily Beast:
[W]hen she was asked to share her abortion story, she didn’t have an abortion story to share, which she found, somehow, stigmatizing to women who had them. “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had,” she said, for some reason.
“I sort of jumped. ‘I haven’t had an abortion,’ I told her. 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,” recalled Dunham, 30, on her podcast.
“And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue,” she continued. “Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt that it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department.”
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She commended her loved ones who did have abortions for their “bravery” and “self knowledge.”
She concluded the segment with: “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
Twitter was merciless.
I can't even imagine how offensive Lena Dunham's comments are to women who actually had to go through abortions
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) December 20, 2016
To be such a talented woman of words and writing, Lena Dunham still manages to say all the wrong things
— tea with tami ☕️ (@TeaWithTami) December 20, 2016
.@lenadunham FYI an abortion is not something you "get to have." It's an awful experience one SHOULDN'T wish for like a gift from Santa 😑🙄
— s a s h a (@kisslow) December 20, 2016
Saying you wish you'd had an abortion is the stigmatizing action here @lenadunham Abortion is a HARD choice to make, not a trip to get froyo
— Bry!!! on Ice (@bryscalley) December 20, 2016
I really regret wondering what Lena Dunham said/did now. The abortion rights movement did NOT need her to weigh in.
— Suleikha Snyder (@suleikhasnyder) December 20, 2016
She later apologized on Instagram for wishing she had an abortion, but it was too little, too late.
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.