Lena Dunham trends after angry Internet says she made it in Hollywood through 'daddy's money'

Social media users revisited Durham's 2017 interview, which said that she pitched the show 'Girls' to HBO with no character or plot and accused her of using her parents' connection to achieve success


                            Lena Dunham trends after angry Internet says she made it in Hollywood through 'daddy's money'
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Lena Dunham is a hot topic on Twitter currently with a sizeable amount of people talking about her. Dunham tasted fame with her HBO show 'Girls' and she spoke about how she pitched it to the network in a 2017 interview. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter back then, Dunham had said that she sold the show to HBO with a page-and-a-half-long pitch without a character or plot. That interview sparked a lot of debates back then, and now the Internet has again revisited it while shaming her. She is the daughter of artistes Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons, who are well connected in Hollywood according to fans. The Internet has slammed the actress and producer, calling her success a result of nepotism. 

"Every single headline about Lena Dunham’s success should include a disclaimer that her parents are some of the most connected artists in New York and that she’s cousins with the Tiffany family (yes, *those* Tiffany’s)," read a comment. While another user wrote, "I have a master's degree in film and teach film at a top tier university, An over twenty-five-year professional career and I walk into pitches with a fully realized bible pilot and seven-season arc, and often times told it’s not enough. But Lena Dunham, cool". Another user wrote, "@lenadunham has Daddy's money, so yeah. That's why someone with no talent, no integrity, and a sexual predator to boot, made it in Hollywood."  

In 2014, Dunham had released a memoir titled Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned', after which she was slammed for child abuse. A particular passage in the book read, "One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, 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 came running. 'Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!' My mother didn't bother asking why I had opened Grace's vagina. This was within the spectrum of things I did. She just got on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been a success".

Airing their criticism of Durham's book, a user wrote, "Actually Lena we didn't need your book ever because it celebrated sexually assaulting a child." While another read, "Does anyone else remember when Lena Dunham wrote about when she groomed her little sister into sexual activities by bribing her with candy or was that just me." Dunham was working on releasing a new book this year. After she saw herself trending on Twitter, she acknowledged it in a Twitter thread along with the news that she'd now be postponing her book release. 

"Whenever I find out I’m trending, I have to immediately check if I’m alive! Then, I try and see if there’s a constructive dialogue to have on Twitter. Often there isn’t, but today there really WAS," read her first tweet. She followed it up with, "It actually wasn’t a dialogue - it was just me agreeing that the Hollywood system is rigged in favor of white people and that my career took off at a young age with relative ease, the ease I wasn’t able to recognize because I also didn’t know what privilege was." She also wrote that she's used her time in the industry learning her lessons and that she'd use her voice to advocate change for Black people. "The past ten years have been a series of lessons. The lesson now? Sit down. Shut up, unless it’s to advocate for change for Black people. Listen. Make art in private for a while- no one needs your book right now lady. Give reparations widely. Defund the police. Rinse & repeat," read her last tweet. 

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