Inside Lena Dunham’s biggest controversies – from ‘child sexual abuse’ to wishing she had an abortion after coffin claims

LENA Dunham’s latest tweet has caused confusion and mockery after appearing to be asking to be honored by the LGBTQ+ community.

The Girls creator, 36, shared a bizarre post on Sunday in which she suggested her funeral should be part of the NYC Pride parade.

Lena Dunham appeared to suggest that her funeral should be part of the NYC Pride march

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Lena Dunham appeared to suggest that her funeral should be part of the NYC Pride marchPhoto credit: Getty
The Girls creator's tweet was met with derision from many online

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The Girls creator’s tweet was met with derision from many onlinePhoto credit: Getty

Lena wrote: “If I go, I want my coffin to be wheeled through New York’s Pride parade with a plaque that says ‘She wasn’t for everyone but she *was* for us” — who can arrange that?”

But the tweet was met with derision from many online, with one Twitter user responding, “You can’t just declare yourself a gay icon.”

One said: “I’ll start living my life with the confidence that Lena Dunham has that makes her think she’s an LGBTQ+ icon.”

“Lena Dunham was truly the voice of a generation: White women in the 2010s used allies to glorify themselves,” added another.

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But Lena’s bizarre tweet isn’t the first time the actress and author has been met with backlash online.

In fact, she’s already been forced to apologize for comments about Bill Cosby, allegations of sexual assault and abortion.

CONTROVERSIAL BOOK

Lena’s first exposure to controversy came in late 2014 after her volume of essays, Not That Kind Of Girl, was released.

In one of the essays, she describes an incident that happened when Lena was seven years old and her sibling Cyrus Grace – who now uses she/them pronouns – was a toddler.

“One day, as I sat in our driveway on Long Island, playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the better of me.:

“Grace sat up straight, babbling and smiling, and I bent between her legs and carefully opened her vagina. She didn’t fight back and when I saw what was inside I screamed,” Lena wrote, referring to finding pebbles.

This led to allegations of harassment against Lena.

Cyrus responded to the allegations against her sister with a series of tweets on November 3, 2014.

They wrote: “Heteronormativity holds certain behaviors to be harmful and others to be ‘normal’; the state and the media are always intent on maintaining this.

“As a queer person, I advocate for people to tell their own experiences, to determine for themselves what was harmful and what wasn’t.

“Day 2, like any other day, is a good day to reflect on how we monitor the sexuality of young women, queer and transgender people.”

Lena herself spelled out the allegations at the time by tweeting, “The right wing news story that I molested my little sister isn’t just LOL — it’s really fucking annoying and disgusting.”

HOLOCAUST COMPARISON

A year later, Lena would be in trouble again.

This time for comparing Bill Cosby to the Holocaust.

“It’s like saying someone is obsessed with the Holocaust,” she said. “It’s a huge problem, and it speaks to how we abuse power and how celebrity allows for injustice.”

She then apologized on Instagram, saying, “I’m already aware that comparing Bill Cosby to the Holocaust wasn’t my best analogy.”

SOCCER CLAIMS

By 2015, Lena had to apologize again after retelling a story in which she claimed footballer Odell Beckham Jr. “found that by his standards, I don’t have the shape of a woman.”

People online pointed out that the story wasn’t fair to Beckham Jr., who may just have been caught up in his own conversations at the Met Ball.

She wrote: “@OBJ_3 is talented, stylish, super gorgeous and didn’t want to chat with me at a fancy party.

“My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average sized woman at a table with supermodels and athletes.

“It’s not an assumption about who he is or an expectation of sexual attention. It’s my sense of humor that has kept me alive for 30 years.”

ABORTION

By 2016, Girls was in Season 4 and received critical acclaim. But Lena herself still caused controversy.

Dunham shared a story on her podcast about wishing she had had an abortion.

She said: “I really wanted to make her understand that as much as I went out and fought for other women’s options, I’ve never had an abortion myself.

“And then I realized that even I had a stigma about it.

“Even I, the woman who cares about a woman’s right to vote as much as anyone else, felt it was important for people to know that I am impeccable in this area.

“It was an important moment for me then to realize that I had internalized some of what society was throwing at us. And I had to throw it in the trash.”

Lena added: “Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had.”

She later said the story was a “disgusting joke”.

Sexual Assault Claims

Then, in 2017, after actress Aurora Perrineau filed sexual assault charges against former Girls author Murray Miller, Dunham spoke again.

This time, Dunham and her co-showrunner Jenni Konner sent a reply to the Hollywood Reporter defending Miller.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story,” they said, “our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation gives us confidence that this allegation is unfortunately one of the three percent of assault cases that are misreported each year.” “

Dunham added on Twitter, “I believe in many things, but the first tenet of my policy is to uphold the people who have stopped me, who have filled my world with love.”

In November 2017, Miller’s attorney Matthew Walerstein said that Miller “categorically and vehemently denies Ms. Perrineau’s outrageous allegations” and said his legal team has “collected overwhelming evidence that directly contradicts these false and offensive allegations.”

The Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office did not press charges against Miller. The prosecutor’s office stated in a declension document: “”[T]here are inconsistencies that cannot be overcome.”

But Dunham later sent an apology statement to the Hollywood Reporter in 2018, saying, “And so I made a terrible mistake.”

“When someone I knew, someone I loved as a brother, was accused, I did something inexcusable: I spoke publicly in his defense,” Dunham continued.

“There are few things in this life I could ever regret more. I didn’t have the ‘inside information’ I claimed, but rather blind faith in a story that was constantly slipping and changing, proving to be utterly meaningless.”

“I wanted to feel that my workplace and my world were safe, untouched by the outside world (a privilege in and of itself, the privilege of ignoring what didn’t hurt you) and I have that security at someone’s expense claimed by someone else, someone very special.”

“To Aurora: You have been on my mind and in my heart every day this year. I love you. I will Always Love You. I will always work to right the wrongs. This is how you made me a better woman and a better feminist.”

WEDDING TROLLS

Even her wedding photos sparked vicious trolling after she married husband Luis Felber last year.

Dunham wrote in October 2021 that she had a “beautiful” few weeks between hitchhiking and the honeymoon, but negative comments brought her down.

Lena and Luis got married on September 25, with Taylor Swift as one of her bridesmaids. The actress first confirmed in April that she was in a relationship with the musician.

Lena previously had a remarkably long-term relationship with Bleachers frontman and musician Jack Antonoff for five years — they were even secretly engaged.

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However, the duo would split in 2018.

“Our relationship probably lasted longer than it should have,” she later told The Cut.

Lena's first exposure to controversy came in late 2014 after her volume of essays, Not That Kind Of Girl, was released

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