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Lena Dunham causes uproar after addressing Trump as ‘Daddy’

That did not go well.


Dahlia Dandashi


Published Jan 24, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 3:36 am CDT

In her latest WTF moment, Lena Dunham designated President Donald Trump as “daddy.” The writer and actor posted a baffling sorta-poem this week to Instagram, and the backlash was almost instant.

“Donald Trump only recognizes the humanity of women who look like his daughter, but after this weekend he better know that we are all his daughters,” Dunham starts her post.

Her Instagram post has since been deleted, but not before the omniscient eyes of Twitter took her to task.

Dunham seems to love getting caught in the mix. From dressing up as a “Grabbed Pussy,” to wishing she “had an abortion,” the Girls creator sometimes comes off on the offensive when addressing contentious issues. Here, she fueled a social media trend.

Feminist author and public speaker Mona Eltahawy was baffled by this “Daddy” phenomenon, jabbing at Dunham before tweeting #TrumpIsNotMyDaddy in retaliation.

Associating Trump with a parental figure probably stems from a presumptuous statement by the president’s adviser, Kellyanne Conway. The leading lady confronted the ongoing heat between Trump’s campaign and the media by saying the two would have to separate their differences and learn to “co-parent” for a supposed 8-year run.

But it seems that Twitter is mainly concerned with Dunham’s comment, leaving many uneasy and confused. Some have already begun to write her off for good:

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Dunham took to her Instagram Monday to inadvertently explain why she deleted the post, placing three check marks after her condescending justification: 

When it becomes a thread of people spewing hatred and division (not thoughtful dissent) and the word slut is all over the comments and you’re like, “this party cannot be saved, and the DJ is bad and the guests took whack Molly.” 

One comment was the end-all to the hundreds of responses, with a user telling the actress to check herself. At this rate, it’s advice that she should consider. 

Screengrab via Instagram/Lena Dunham

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*First Published: Jan 24, 2017, 5:15 pm CST