The old adage “those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” is something Girls creator Lena Dunham probably should’ve taken to mind before choosing her scandalous Halloween costume.
Like many others, the 30-year-old comedienne and outspoken feminist used a combination of current pop culture influence and her notable wit to come up with an original disguise for Monday’s festivities. The result, as reported by People: an all-black ensemble that included cat ears, a feline facial mask, and a black leotard with human-like hands attached to her right breast and pelvic area.
In her words, it was a “grabbed p***y.” Get it?
For those who need a bit of a reminder, Dunham’s look was influenced by a leaked lewd conversation between Republican candidate Donald Trump and now-former Today host Billy Bush during an Access Hollywood interview from 2005.
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women],” Trump stated during the chat, which was transcribed by the New York Times. “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything; Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything.”
But then, of course, almost everyone remembers that. Not only did the moment nearly derail Trump’s already-shaky candidacy, but it also led to Bush’s unemployment from NBC, and statements from several notable names speaking out against the Oval Office hopeful’s dangerous mindset about women, including, unsurprisingly, Dunham herself.
Speaking with Circa a mere four days after the #TrumpTapes leak, Lena relayed how Donald and Bush’s “locker room talk” was incredibly offensive not just to women as a whole, but as a personal survivor of a past sexual assault.
“I think to hear those words come out of the mouth of a [presidential] candidate is deeply painful and makes women feel really unsafe and unseen and unheard,” she partially expressed. “Behavior like that is unacceptable.”
She definitely has a point about Trump’s deplorable rhetoric, but what she has seemingly forgotten in calling him to task through both her words and farcical sartorial choices is that she, too, has been called out in the past for an instance of obscenity that she saw as anything but obscene.
In a tome of personal essays entitled Not That Kind of Girl, which was reviewed by Truth Revolt, Dunham recalled several moments during her childhood where she says she forced her younger sister, Grace, into acts of a romanticized and, occasionally, overtly sexual nature.
Likening herself to a “sexual predator” (“This was within the spectrum of things I did,” Lena explained), one particular story noted Dunham’s non-consented exploration of her then-infant sibling’s vagina after Grace, who was 1 at the time, somehow managed to stuff several pebbles inside of its opening.
“One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets,” she wrote, “my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist and when I saw what was inside, I shrieked.”
“My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. She just got on her knees and looked for herself,” she continued.
Just as Trump would ultimately do with the release of the Access Hollywood conversation, Dunham immediately and angrily responded on Twitter to those who said her own self-titling as a “sexual predator” was undeniably correct.
“If you were a little kid and never looked at another little kid’s vagina, well, congrats to you,” she raged. “This is stuff I [usually], ignore but don’t demean sufferers [of sexual abuse and] don’t twist my words. I told a story about being a weird 7-year-old. I bet you have some too, old men, that I’d rather not hear. And yes, this is a rage spiral.”
Dunham eventually released a public apology through Time for her questionable actions.
“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,” she expressed. “I am also aware that the comic use of the term ‘sexual predator’ was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.”
What do you think, Inquisitr readers? Was Lena in the wrong to mock Trump in such a way, considering her own troublesome past?
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