Lena Dunham Inappropriately 'Cornered' by Male TV Producer Says Girls Showrunner Jenni Konner
Lena Dunham may not have wrapped Girls in the friendship-filled way she had hoped to.
The actress had an uncomfortable moment with a male TV producer after her HBO hit show ended filming, according to the series showrunner Jenni Konner in Tuesday’s Lenny Letter.
Konner wrote about the incident for the newsletter she and Dunham co-founded, revealing that she, Dunham and other coworkers ran into the crew of another show while eating at a restaurant after wrapping on Monday night.
The unnamed male producer, who they met for the first time, allegedly “cornered” Dunham “within five minutes” of meeting, Konner wrote.
She detailed the encounter by writing that Dunham was shown a lewd photo of an actress by the male producer and asked Dunham to meet with her.
“The director asked Lena to have dinner alone the following night with an actress on the show he works on. Not because he thought they should meet, but because he wanted Lena to persuade the actress to ‘show her tits, or at least some vag’ on TV. Surely Lena could make a compelling argument. After all, he continued, ‘You would show anything. Even your a–hole,'” Konner writes in the post.
The producer then went on to critique and “crudely evaluate” the bodies of women on his show, despite Dunham’s discomfort, according to Konner.
“It’s easy to speculate what might be said to women working with him, under him, dependent on his approval,” she writes.
Some of the male coworkers in their group attempted to shrug off the incident, suggesting afterward that the producer had “seemed very drunk.”
“Oh, phew, that explains everything,” Konner added. “When women get drunk, they are asking for it. When men get drunk, they don’t mean it.”
The Girls director went on to explain her decision to address the incident, writing that she was “sick of protecting people from their own behavior, and I refuse to do it anymore.”
“It’s not enough to be mad,” she continues. “It’s not enough to know it’s wrong. The only thing standing between men and outdated, hideous behavior is their ability to get away with it. Our voices are our superpower.”
Girls returns to HBO for its sixth and final season next year.