Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s Girls, was thrown into a race debate last week after appearing in a photograph with controversial comedienne, Lisa Lampanelli. Lampanelli tweeted a picture of the twosome with the caption: “Me and my n*gga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls — I love this beyotch!!”
Despite being criticized on Twitter and in the news for the offensive caption, Lampanelli vowed to continue using the N-word saying, “The N-word ending in ‘er’ is far different context from the word ending in ‘a’.” Up until now, Lena hadn’t done much to separate herself from the situation, leading many to believe she too supported using the word.
But after Shayla Pierce, a writer for popular blog XOJane, confronted Lena about her silence, she responded by saying: “That’s not a word I would EVER use. It’s implications are beyond my comprehension. I was made supremely uncomfortable by it.”
Although Lena makes clear that she wouldn’t use that word, she never mentions whether she feels buddy Lisa Lampanelli was right or wrong for using the word.
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Should Lena have gone further and denounced Lampanelli completely?