Lena Dunham Calls Woody Allen a ‘Perv,’ Stands Up Against Campus Sexual Assault

GIRLS star and creator Lena Dunham was the quintessential serious lady at Sundance 2015’s college panel “Serious Ladies.” Dunham gave her two cents on campus rape, abortion, and director Woody Allen. This isn’t the first time she’s spoken up about rape. In her recent book “Not That Kind of Girl” she reveals that she was actually a victim date rape in college. Here is what she had to say during the event. The panel also included Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and Orange is the New Black creator Jenj Kohan. 

She states:

“The idea that women can’t be complete and total citizens until they have control over the destiny of their own bodies [is important to me],” Dunham said of reproductive rights in America. “It’s not just a political issue, it’s a lot about class, race and it feeds into all these other forms of inequality and injustice that exist in our country.”

“One of the reasons it is important to talk about campus assaults is that that these women in positions of incredible privilege are still being forced every day to fight for their truth and that is indicative of the fact that sexual assault is an epidemic and so many people are voiceless. I think campus’ are a great place to start because that’s where we’re being educated and that’s where we’re told we’re going to be safe.”

Now turning to address Mr. Allen, which she isn’t a big fan. She openly discusses her disgust about his allegations of molestation to Mia Farrows (hi longtime ex-girlfirend) daughter. She believes people don’t assume that comedic men are perceived as being represented in their characters. An issue she faces with her character Hannah on GIRLS. Read her statement below.

“Woody Allen is proof that people don’t think everything he says in his films is stuff that he does because all he was doing was making out with 17-year olds for years and we didn’t say anything about it. No one thought that Woody Allen is making out with a 17-year old in “Manhattan” and, said, I guess he’s a real perv,” Dunham said. “And then lo and behold…” Wiig finished Dunham’s sentence with a sarcastic, ‘He fell in love’.” 

Fans can watch the entire “Serious Ladies” panel below.

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