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Tessa Thompson Clarifies Comment About Lena Dunham & Time's Up

Tessa Thompson Clarifies Comment About Lena Dunham & Time's Up

Tessa Thompson is clarifying a statement she made about Lena Dunham‘s participation in the Time’s Up movement.

If you don’t know, Tessa posted a photo on Instagram over the weekend of stars including Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Rashida Jones, Tracee Ellis Ross, Emma Stone, and Lena and thanked them for their participation.

A fan quickly called out the moment that Lena defended an accused man who worked with her on Girls, and Tessa responded, “Lena was not anywhere present in our group during the countless hours of work for the last two months. We hosted an open house for the actresses for red carpet messaging and Lena presence was a surprise to us all. This is a time of reckoning. And for many, a re-education. So many women also have real work to do. I’m afraid it’s too nuanced a conversation to have on this platform. But I hear you, and know that your thoughts and words are not lost on me. It’s been discussed.”

Now, Tessa is clarifying what she wrote.

“I sometimes lack finesse in navigating social media. Hard to discuss issues with nuance there. A response I made to comments on an Instagram became fodder for a piece that I believe was designed to create conflict where there isn’t any. It’s perhaps more complex than that. But I, in no way, want to diminish Lena Dunham and her work, her voice, and her importance. We have spoken and she knows my heart. I feel a responsibility to women that have sometimes felt ignored, dismissed, and underrepresented. They are my beacons. I regret that my words were misinterpreted to distract from the most important thing: The Time’s Up campaign is for everyone, in all capacities, contributions big and small. It doesn’t belong to any one. It is for us all. The beauty of this huge collaboration has been a group of countless committed people who have come together for a shared purpose. To create change. And it is such a powerful thing. I stand, humbled, with everyone involved. Linked not ranked,” Tessa posted in a statement on Twitter.

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  • Amber

    She was right the first time.

  • 777

    She didn’t need to clarify what she said, it’s about time someone calls her out.

  • Arrow 12

    See this is the problem with this whole “movement”. Everyone should be held accountable for their actions. She molested her sister (she wrote about it in her own book) and she defended a an accused man. I can’t take these actresses seriously. I think they are ALL just are looking for attention. As human beings we have bigger things to worry about. Drop all actors and actresses salaries to $50 an hour and then lets talk…

  • Casey C

    Should have left it with the original statement – if its the truth that Lena had nothing to do with it, adn then just showed up and got publicity, despite being a hugely probelematic a-hole, then she should get shaded for it.

  • Sofia

    Tessa didn’t needed to clarify anything. Lena Dunham has shown us repeatedly who she really is. Enough is enough.

  • pitta

    This racist fat cow just wont go away….

  • Maria M.

    It’s really sad that the moment you say something you really think you need to issue an apology the next day or clarification. It creates society of hypocrites where people think one thing but publicly say different thing. You can only be honest with family members and closest friends or people will lynch you on social media. Your livelihood depends on carefully written PC statements by your publicist and attorney that are entirely fake. Everyone is so careful not to offend anyone that you would think they are running for an office. There is something awfully disturbing about it and reminiscent of North Korea where people also need to be very careful about what they say in public.

  • wearing

    I think both statements were important. 1st to call out Lena, but the 2nd one to encourage others to still try to support movements even though they (for whatever reason) can’t be a “full-on activist” and dedicate a ton of time or money or effort, so decide to not try at all. Even if it’s reading an article and educating yourself, you’re helping, so don’t not try.

  • Ram

    its amazing the lengths the fans (aka lena dunham surrogates) of her go to defend her. she gets chance after chance and yet she still is treated as relevant. lena dunham is the poster girl of white feminism. the beckys need to defend their leader. I wish murray miller would just release the recordings of her saying gross racist stuff. why do you think she defended him in the first place? bc she would rather look bad doing that then have her outted for the racist trash she is on audio.

  • Mrs. Freeze

    What an ignorant comment.

  • DEADP00L

    She shouldnt have to apologize for stating a truth.

    Once again a woman of color is asked to apologize for stating a truth while white women who for years enabled the worst behaviors imaginable gets the apologies.

    We all know who the hypocrites who dressed in black were. Some claiming to be feminists yet have absolutely no problem with bombing peoples and countries full of little girls and women, if not actually participating in such dehumanization. All the while others enabled predators and refuse to condemn WOODY ALLEN and to this day come to their defense and even gave one a standing ovation.

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    I am so sorry that I can only upvote you once. I swear so would upvote your comment a thousand more times if I could.

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  • Calvin Right

    Rose McGowan or Lena durham. I dont know which is worse. Any pantomimes running Cinderella right now should snap them up as the ugly sisters.