Lena Dunham tapped to write screenplay about Syrian refugee, internet laughs and laughs
The film, which is being co-produced by J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg, is an adaptation of Melissa Fleming's popular nonfiction book ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival’, Variety reported. Fleming works for the UN’s Refugee Agency, UNHCR.
Shortly after the news was announced, Dunham – who has a rare talent for enraging people across the entire political spectrum – once again found herself the target of merciless social media criticism.
I shouldn't have to say it: Lena Dunham should not be writing a movie about a Syrian refugee. But I need to say it, because the erasure of MENA ppl from Western media is rarely acknowledged. LENA DUNHAM SHOULD NOT BE WRITING A STORY ABOUT A SYRIAN REFUGEE.— tina hassannia (@tinahassannia) October 29, 2018
Lena Dunham should make some minor tweaks to the Syrian refugee memoir. For example, instead of a Syrian refugee, maybe the protagonist is the hapless millennial daughter of wealthy New York City artists? And she also wants to be an artist?— willy 💧♍ (@willystaley) October 29, 2018
Others pointed the finger at Hollywood, noting that it wasn’t Dunham’s fault that she had been asked to work on the film.
They are afraid a Syrian might tell a true story. Too risky. Having said that, Washington has many paid 'Syrian opposition' careerists they can lend Speilberger.— Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) October 30, 2018
Imagine a trio of people less likely to handle the story of Syrian refugees with grace than Spielberg, Abrams and Lena Dunham. Good lord. You do you Hollywood.— Matt Burnell (@mdburnell) October 29, 2018
The Twitterati also couldn’t resist joking that Scarlett Johansson was auditioning for the lead role – a Syrian woman who survives a shipwreck along with her two young children. Facing public uproar, in July Johansson dropped out of a film in which she had been cast as a transgender man.
I guess Scarlett Johansson was too busy!— Ari Gold 🌊 (@Femme_Lethal009) October 30, 2018
However, the author of the book that Lena is tasked with adapting expressed her support for the ‘Girls’ star.
After being barraged with negative tweets, Dunham defended her role in the project, promising to donate her paycheck to Syrian refugee organizations.
I’m actually donating every penny I make. Every step of the way. Not a single one kept. Very honored to be able to do that and I’ll “share the receipts” so to speak.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 29, 2018
Unfortunately, Dunham has a poor track record when it comes to keeping promises. The self-described “noted literary eccentric”backpedaled on her promise to move to Canada if Donald Trump was elected president – depriving herself of much-needed writing material for her forthcoming refugee film.
Dunham has been at the center of countless politically-tinged scandals. The outspoken feminist and #MeToo campaigner has caught heat for defending a co-worker against allegations of rape (a big no no, since you always believe ‘survivors’) and admitting that she was aware of rumors that Clinton-linked Harvey Weinstein was a serial sexual assaulter – but kept quiet because she wanted Hillary Clinton to become president.
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