Tessa Thompson Doesn’t Want Her Lena Dunham Criticism To Distract From The Time’s Up Campaign! Read Her Statement

Tessa Thompson and Lena Dunham

Tessa Thompson is not here for pitting women against each other.

As we reported, the 34-year-old actress posted a photo on Instagram which shows several members of the anti-harassment Time’s Up movement — including Lena Dunham. After a fan called out Dunham’s appearance — citing her defense of Murray Miller, a Girls writer who was accused of sexual assault — Thompson responded by saying Dunham’s presence was a “surprise to us all.”

In a later statement on Twitter, the Westworld actress clarified her comment in effort to bring the conversation back to the point of the movement.

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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.”

We hear you. Hopefully this can open a conversation as to why Lena’s original actions can be viewed as problematic.

Thoughts?? SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!

[Image via FayesVision/Dan Jackman/WENN.]

Jan 9, 2018 11:05am PDT

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