No, girl, no. Just no. “Girls” creator Lena Dunham tweeted a TwitPic of herself this week, her head wrapped in what looks like a blanket as if it as an Islamic veil, with the caption “I had a real goth/fundamentalist attitude when I woke up from my nap.”
I leave it to the goths to defend their goth-itude from her hipsterism. But that “fundamentalist” comment is just dumb — just because a woman wears a hijab, niqab or even a burqa, does not mean the woman herself is”fundamentalist.” Muslims don’t appreciate all being characterized as fundamentalist — that’s called a stereotype, Lena.
Dunham apologized last night, seemingly making a reference to the recent Wisconsin shooting at a Sikh temple, by tweeting:
A rare genuine one- been in production and completely not reading the news. Didn’t realize what a bad time it was to make a joke like that. Not a good excuse you guys, but an excuse nonetheless. I’m glad you keep me informed and I’m deleting those tweets. Will spend tonight reading my pile of old NY Times, contemplating the boundaries of humor. I try and learn something new every day. xxLena
While I appreciate the apology, I’d rather she didn’t apologize for the timing but apologize for the ignorant remark itself. And she should educate herself more on Sikhi, because Sikhs are not Muslims.
Unwise idea all around, considering Dunham has been criticized for the lack of diversity on “Girls.”