Lena Dunham Releases Statement Addressing Her Controversial Book Passage
Although she first addressed the controversy via Twitter last week (Nov. 1), Lena has since decided to write a formal statement via TIME to clarify statements she made, as well as apologize for certain references made in her book. Lena has never been one to shy away from colorful language, and in doing so undoubtedly upset a large subset of readers by referring to herself (in regards to her relationship with her sister) as a 'sexual predator.' She also came under fire for a passage in which some believe she details sexual abuse toward her sister.
Lena's statement reads (via TIME):
"I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book 'Not That Kind of Girl.'
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."