I wasn’t quite following the campus rape stories that seemed to spring up out of nowhere, and Lena Dunham’s wholly made up date rape was not on my radar until a few days ago. I’m yet to see an episode of Girls, and I didn’t read the Dunham’s book, but this jumped out at me:
After a month-long investigation that included more than a dozen interviews, a trip to the Oberlin campus, and hours spent poring through the Oberlin College archives, her description of the campus remains the only detail Breitbart News was able to verify in Dunham’s story of being raped by a campus Republican named Barry (here and later the bold is mine, — S).
Barry? Which Barry? Two years ago Dunham, as you recall, compared voting for Barack Obama to to loosing her virginity, so her overture to Mr. President is well-documented. Scratch that. It’s not your run-of-the-mill overture; she anticipates the rendevouz with a black power figure to be so awesome that all her previous exploits will no longer count.
Somewhere in Hollywood
Dunham’s on-screen character, I hear, once dated a black Republican, which the sitcom creator compared to dating a Nazi:
My personal position is that you should date anyone you want so long as they treat you respectfully and share your value system. So it might be hard for me to date someone who was against gay marriage and abortion rights — I don’t think I would be attracted to them — but I don’t have any personal problem with dating a Republican. I do think that Hannah has this reverse ignorance where she’s like,If they’re Republican, get them out of my airspace, and that was a fun thought to explore.
When most American women wouldn’t date a Nazi because Nazism is a murderous ideology, Dunham claims that she is not attracted to people who have different opinions. Fair enough… except that she doth protest too much. Mundane political opinions are hardly titillating, and the mastermind of Sex in The City knock off should sense that.
In Dunham’s world Republicans are a forbidden fruit, and no matter how much she’s secretly attracted to members of this group, she can only fantasize of a sexual encounter taking place under special circumstances. A Republican’s ethnic minority status can potentially provide a counterbalance to his otherness — all blacks are good, all Republicans are evil. Or else sex has to be forced. Or both.
I’m curious if there is more examples of Lena hatef***ing The Other out there. She probably does have some peculiar fantasies of race and power.
UPDATE: Many thanks to Professor Jacobson for linking.