Lena Dunham’s controversial abortion comments made headlines this week, but it is far from the first time that the actress’ words have caused an uproar. The HBO “Girls” star is no stranger to controversy, and she has often had to apologize for her comments in the past.
Dunham most recently admitted that her comments about abortion were “distasteful.” This happened after the actress said: “…I have yet to not have an abortion, but I wish I had.”
Here are some of the other agencies that have elicited an apology from Dunham:
– In September, the actress had to apologize for Odell Beckham Jr. for comments that she made about the NFL star in an interview. “I sat next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he decided I was not in the form of a woman, by his standards,” she said. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That is a child. That is a dog.’ It was not mean, he was just confused.” They later issued a tribute to the star, blaming her own uncertainties for the reactions.
– In March, the 29-year-old actress apologized after accusing the Spanish magazine Tentaciones of Photoshopping her photo on the cover. It turned out the image was not edited, and Dunham said that they apologize for the accusation.
– Dunham took to Instagram to apologize for comparing Gawker to a violent man in a post of its newsletter in 2015. She wrote: “When I heard my own quote I was like” Jesus, Lena, no…I regret that earlier comparison because it does not accurately describe the condition of the attacked online, AND it seems to light of domestic violence, that is not my style.”
– In an interview with Time out New York, Dunham’s in comparison with Judd Apatow’s distaste for Bill Cosby to someone who is “obsessed with the Holocaust.” She quickly took to Instagram to say sorry. “… I’m already aware comparing Bill Cosby to the Holocaust wasn’t my best analogy. With Love from your special rape-hating Jew friend LENA.”
– In 2014, the actress has an apology for a part in her book where she implied that she sexually abused her little sister. “Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for many, and I have been vocal about the rights of the next of kin,” she stated. “If the situations described in my book” painful or triggering for people to read, I think it’s a shame, because that was never my intention.”
– Dunham also had a problem with an apology for a molestation joke on Twitter. The actress appeared in a nude sketch about Adam and Eve and someone tweeted Dunham, “You don’t always have to get naked!”, to which the actress replied: “tell that to my uncle, mister. He’s been making me!” Later took the tweet and gave them a “not so great molestation joke.”
– In 2012, Dunham realized that they are a racially insensitive joke on Twitter and quickly deleted the tweet. She tweeted a picture of herself in a scarf that is wrapped to resemble a hijab, and the caption: “I had a real goth/fundamentalist attitude when I woke up from my nap” just after the shooting took place in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Take on Twitter apologizing for her error, “Are 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 am deleting these tweets.”
However, despite the many times that Dunham has had to apologize in May, the actress wrote an essay with the title “Sorry, Not Sorry” for Linkedln. In the essay, she called herself and other women for saying sorry constantly, even if the situation is not justified.