A conservative website is refusing to take down an article about a collection of essays recently published by HBO star Lena Dunham after receiving a “cease and desist” letter asserting the information in the article was inaccurate.
Last Wednesday, Truth Revolt published an article about Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned. The book graphically details Dunham’s intimate encounters with her sister when she was seven years of age.
Attorneys for Dunham sent a “cease and desist” letter to Truth Revolt Saturday insisting the article be removed from their website. They also suggested an apology for the conservative publishers:
“We recently published a story stating that Ms. Dunham engaged in sexual conduct with her sister. The story was false, and and we deeply regret having printed it. We apologize to Ms. Dunham, her sister, and their parents, for this false story.”
Shapiro, who did not write the initial piece, responded personally to the “cease and desist” letter on Truth Revolt Monday.
“We refuse to withdraw or apologize for running it, because quoting a woman’s book does not constitute a ‘false’ story, even if she is a prominent actress and left-wing activist. Lena Dunham may not like our interpretation of her book, but unfortunately for her and her attorneys, she wrote that book – and the First Amendment covers a good deal of material she may not like.”
Shapiro also published excerpts from Dunham’s book, some of which appeared in the initial Truth Revolt article (WARNING: graphic and strong language).
“One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist, and when I saw what was inside I shrieked. My mother came running. ‘Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!’”
“As she grew, I took to bribing her for her time and affection: one dollar in quarters if I could do her makeup like a ‘motorcycle chick.’ Three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds. Whatever she wanted to watch on TV if she would just ‘relax on me.’ Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.”
“I shared a bed with my sister, Grace, until I was seventeen years old. She was afraid to sleep alone and would begin asking me around 5:00 P.M. every day whether she could sleep with me. I put on a big show of saying no, taking pleasure in watching her beg and sulk, but eventually I always relented. Her sticky, muscly little body thrashed beside me every night as I read Anne Sexton, watched reruns of SNL, sometimes even as I slipped my hand into my underwear to figure some stuff out.”
As a consequence, Dunham announced on Twitter that she is no longer attending events promoting her book in Belgium and Germany.
To my Belgian readers, so very sorry to miss the Antwerp Book Fair today but I can’t wait to come back and eat fries with you. Much love.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 2, 2014
German readers: I am deeply sorry to miss tomorrow’s event in Berlin. I am so grateful for your energy and support. Mit viele liebe.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) November 3, 2014
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