For those not familiar with Lena Dunham, she is one of the creators of HBO's show "Girls" - that edgy cable network show that caused some degree of controversy by having Adam "Kylo Ren" Driver's character ejaculate on another character in a recent program.
She's also more controversial for the memoir she published in which she admitted to sticking her fingers into her then two year old sister's vagina, having either pushed pebbles into it, or finding pebbles in it, whatever. Hence certain folks on the Internet mocking her with the sobriquet "Pebbles' or "the sister fister".
But one thing she did write, and very publicly on August 4, 2017 on Twitter, is this:
‘Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape.’
I am not getting into the whole rape thing: I believe it to be widespread and underreported and frankly I understand, agree with and sympathize with the sentiment in this tweet. As has been revealed by so many courageous women coming out of the woodwork, it's an epidemic problem.
But that being said, it was interesting to watch Hollywood liberal darlings suddenly develop a double standard when those being accused were the likes of Al Franken as opposed to, say, Ray Moore.
That was until Murray Miller, a writer for "Girls", was accused. A woman by the name of Aurora Perrineau said:
‘At some point, I woke up in Murray’s bed naked. He was on top of me
having sexual intercourse with me. I freaked out and was extremely upset
and traumatized. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with
"While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our
insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly
this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are
misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as
outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by
Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue."
Dunham defended herself during the natural backlash against this statement with:
"I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to
hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with
In other words, "women never lie about rape, unless they're accusing a friend of mine".
Dunham issued a grovelling semi-apology in which she said something to the effect that women should be always listened to and so forth, and that it was wrong of her to pre-emptively weigh in before the full story had a chance to come out.
Chillingly, a feminist responded to this with "if your friend is innocent, that will be proven".
As for Mr. Miller's lawyer, he's going with the "she wants money" angle. ‘After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who — on Ms.
Perrineau’s behalf — sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr.
Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly
contradicting these false and offensive claims."
If this turns out to be in any way true, the internet is going to get very very nasty very very quickly and for quite a long time. And the looney left will, yet again, have squandered considerable political capital.