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Lena Dunham on Why She’s Walking Back Her Promise to Move to Canada Post-Election: ‘I’ll Survive Just Fine’

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Lena Dunham isn’t going anywhere.

Although the 30-year-old Girls creator and star, along with many other celebrities, swore to pack her bags and move to Canada if Donald Trump were elected president, she took to Instagram on Wednesday to share that she would be staying in the U.S. — whether people like it or not.

Dunham wrote to her 2.8 million followers that in recent weeks, she’s received unkind messages encouraging her to leave the United States.

“Today I received a letter (yes, on paper) that read ‘don’t let the door hit you on the ass when you cross the border into Canada,’ ” she said. “This is actually one of the more polite notes I’ve gotten recently, and I’ll survive it just fine.”

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She continued, “And you know what else I’ve realized I can survive, as a Jewish pro-choice sexual assault survivor with a queer family member and a belief that we are all exactly & beautifully equal? I can survive staying in this country, MY country, to flight and love and use my embarrassment of blessings to do what’s right.”

Dunham then referenced her previous comments and concluded on a hopeful note.

“It’s easy to joke about moving to Canada. It’s harder to see, and to love, the people who fill your mailbox with hate. It’s harder to see what needs to be done and do it. It’s harder to live, fully and painfully aware of the injustice surrounding us, to cherish and fear your country all at once. But I’m willing to try. Will you try with me?”

 

In April, Dunham vowed at the Matrix Awards she would move north if Trump wins the presidency.

“I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will,” Dunham said. “I know a lovely place in Vancouver, and I can get my work done from there.”

President-elect Trump fired back on Fox & Friends in response to Dunham’s threat

“She’s a B-actor and has no mojo,” he said of Dunham. “I heard Whoopi Goldberg said that, too. That would be a great, great thing for our country.”