- A TikTok of a girl getting an abortion is going viral—and the internet is divided Friday 3:06 PM
- FCC proposes $200 million fine for T-Mobile, others over data sharing Friday 3:03 PM
- Which ‘Love is Blind’ couples are still together? Friday 2:01 PM
- Review: ‘The Invisible Man’ reboot is thrilling but basic Friday 1:25 PM
- Sex workers speak out after OnlyFans leak Friday 1:21 PM
- Normani addresses Camila Cabello’s racist social media posts Friday 1:07 PM
- Mike Huckabee’s defense of Trump’s coronavirus response will make you nauseous Friday 12:06 PM
- Gmail’s email filtering may affect what candidate emails you are seeing Friday 11:08 AM
- Woman shares aftermath of domestic abuse: ‘This is only to raise awareness’ Friday 10:40 AM
- Skai Jackson gets restraining order against Bhad Bhabie after death threat Friday 10:19 AM
- Taylor Swift shades Scooter Braun in ‘The Man’ video Friday 10:15 AM
- Porn stars are lining up behind Bernie Sanders Friday 10:10 AM
- YouTube mom says she ‘beat’ her 2-year-old daughter for ruining her makeup kit Friday 10:02 AM
- Ajit Pai’s net neutrality victory lap comes as his own repeal is under review Friday 9:20 AM
- Alissa Violet is in Italy—and fans are worried she’ll get coronavirus Friday 9:19 AM
“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.
can somebody explain what is going on here pic.twitter.com/YlBzq6SfQg— nathan zed (@NathanZed) January 24, 2017
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.
What is it with the parenting shit? This below & also Lena Dunham's "Trump is Daddy & we're his rebellious daughters." WTF America? https://t.co/jec8OB03aG— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) January 24, 2017
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:
did lena dunham just call trump daddy— nathan zed (@NathanZed) January 24, 2017
Lena Dunham is a fucking enigma that will never be explained— Chai (@MyNamesChai) January 24, 2017
she's been cancelled since forever— Trang Dong (@tranganhdong) January 24, 2017
I wish she'd sit her peter griffin lookin ass down some where. She always in the mix.— Next time make it 20 (@justDes_bih) January 24, 2017
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.”
View this post on Instagram
A post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on
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
Dahlia Dandashi is a multimedia content producer. Her work has been published at the Austin American-Statesman and Viceland. An Arab-American raised in Dubai, she is based in Austin, Texas.