Tessa Thompson has taken to social media to set the record straight after she hit headlines Monday for suggesting Lena Dunham was “not present” during the countless hours of Time’s Up planning.
Thompson, along with Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and many more female actresses and activists kickstarted Time’s Up at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, fighting for woman’s rights amid Hollywood’s ongoing sexual harassment scandal.
Ahead of the Globes, a Time’s Up group photo made its way around social media. But many noticed Dunham in the picture, which shocked fans.
In November, Dunham publically supported “Girls” writer Murray Miller, after he was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau. Causing an uproar on social media as Dunham is a self-proclaimed “feminist.”
Noticing the comments, Thompson responded to one social media user at the time, admitting: “Lena was not anywhere present in our group during the countless hours of work for the last two months.”
However, after sparking an online frenzy over the response, she then took to Twitter Tuesday to have her say yet again, insisting her “words were misinterpreted” and that she had spoken to Dunham about the whole thing.
Her latest message comes after social media users commented on the pic in droves, with one person saying: “I support this initiative and the fight for gender justice and am really glad that the movement is growing. I, however, am perplexed by the inclusion of Lena Dunham, a woman who publicly accused a young sexual assault survivor of colour, Aurora Perrineau, of lying about her assault.”
Thompson replied, “We hosted an open house for actresses for red carpet messaging and Lena’s 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.”
Dunham has since addressed these comments on an Instagram live, “When you’ve had this job for as long as I have, which is seven or eight years now, and you’ve caused some mayhem at times, the internet doesn’t necessarily have the same power it used to,” she said. “I just feel so lucky that I’ve gotten to be a part of so many amazing moments and movements in my career. I feel really at peace with the fact that there are moments where you’re the hero, moments where you’re the villain and moments where you’re magic and moments where you’re less magic. It’s a journey that has strengthened me in ways that are really, really powerful.”
Later, Dunham posted a quote to Instagram that reads, “Starting over is the beautiful moment you choose for yourself,” with the caption, “Forever love.”