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Lena Dunham “Sit down. Shut up, unless it’s to advocate for change for Black people”

by Paul Goldberg

In a new series of tweets, actress Lena Dunham decried white privilege in Hollywood that she referred to as “rigged in favor of white people.”

As part of her suggested solution Dunham proposes “Give reparations widely. Defund the police. Rinse & repeat.”

Dunham also advised others to “Sit down. Shut up, unless it’s to advocate for change for Black people”

Dunham’s tweet thread:

Whenever I find out I’m trending, I have to immediately check if I’m alive! Then, I try and see if there’s a constructive dialogue to have on Twitter. Often there isn’t, but today there really WAS. (Thread)

It actually wasn’t a dialogue – it was just me agreeing that the Hollywood system is rigged in favor of white people and that my career took off at a young age with relative ease, ease I wasn’t able to recognize because I also didn’t know what privilege was.

The past ten years have been a series of lessons. The lesson now? Sit down. Shut up, unless it’s to advocate for change for Black people. Listen. Make art in private for awhile- no one needs your book right now lady. Give reparations widely. Defund the police. Rinse & repeat.

Dunham appears to have been reacting to a tweet from Latina comedian Cristela Alonzo that went viral.

Alonzo responded to a story “@LenaDunham was 23 when she sold #Girls to HBO”

and wrote:

I got paid $0 for my sitcom pilot. When I sold my show, my white partner got 3 x more money then me AND an overall deal. I was ‘not ready’ to get one. The name of the show was Cristela.

I also offered to shoot the show in English/Spanish. I wasn’t the highest paid person on it.

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