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Lena Dunham Makes Statement Following HBO Max's 'Generation' Animal Dissection Scene

Lena Dunham Makes Statement Following HBO Max's 'Generation' Animal Dissection Scene

Lena Dunham is speaking out following the uproar about one particular scene in HBO Max’s Genera+ion series.

The scene in question shows students dissecting real cat corpses that takes place in a high school biology class, Variety reported.

HBO Max later confirmed what happened, which saw two of the extras leaving due to their discomfort.

Lena, who is an executive producer on the show, made a statement on the situation, saying, “I am committed in my life and work to the principled, humane and ethical treatment of animals. I don’t use animal cadavers in any of my work, ever, and I was not on set or aware that they were used in a recently shot scene depicting a biology classroom assignment.”

After the network revealed that the scene would be edited out of the show, Lena added, “I fully support the scene being edited out of the show.”

An HBO Max spokesperson also noted that they “deeply regret that this occurred.”

Genera+ion depicts the unfiltered experiences of high school students and is drawn from many formative moments in the lives of the show’s writers. The production recently filmed scenes depicting a biology classroom assignment involving dissection of animal specimens. These were ethically sourced in consultation with American Humane via a biological supply company that works with schools,” it shared.

It also noted that “everyone [in the scene] involved was informed in advance that this would be a sensitive scene involving a real dissection; the assistant directors checked in regularly with all participants on set, and two background actors who expressed discomfort were released with full pay.”

Genera+ion is expected to premiere in the springtime.

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