Lisa Lampanelli started some controversy when she tweeted a photo of her with Lena Dunham with the caption, “Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!” Understandably, it pissed off a lot of people. Lampanelli isn’t apologizing either.
Ms. Dunham has remained silent on the entire thing up until now. Which also pissed people off. Writer Shayla Pierce had a lot to say on the subject. She wrote about it on a few blogs and tweeted,
@LenaDunham has showed her true colors on this whole n-word debacle. Her silence speaks volumes. I don’t think I’ll be watching @girlsHBO anymore. And I say that with honest sadness … Lena advertises herself as a progressive but she’s chosen not to address the situation. She seems phony to me now.
(I’d guess the above statement was more than one Tweet.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Dunham responded on Twitter, writing that she would never use the n-word and that Lampanelli’s tweet made her “supremely uncomfortable” but said she stayed silent because “twitter debates breed more twitter debates.”
Perhaps then realizing that’s not a very good response,
She added that “140 characters will never be enough for the kind of dialogue that will actually help us address issues of race and class,” and then commended Pierce for a “beautifully written piece,” apologizing for any discomfort she might have felt.
This seemed to be enough for Pierce who suddenly turned into a 14 year-old girl and responded with,
Thank you so much. And I do <3 you and your work. Thanks for addressing this *hugsies* @lenadunham.
What do you think of Lena’s tweets addressing the subject?
Lisa Lampanelli is a comedian in the sense that she stands on stage and shouts “jokes” and presumably gets paid to do so. She’s also been on Celebrity Apprentice, so there’s a rundown of what she actually does. Why are we writing about her instead of ignoring her like usual? Well, she has caused a bit of a kerfuffle this past week when she posted the above photo with the following caption:
“Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!”
If you just smacked your teeth and started shaking your head, your response is pretty much the rest of the Internet’s, as well, because this (presumably) upper-middle class white woman is trying to appropriate language that is most certainly not for her and she remains ignorant about doing so. Like, lady – that’s not your choice. You could have called Lena your bitch, your homegirl, your twin in annoyance, etc. You do not, however, get to pick words belonging to particular sub-groups and use them in your attempt to be “funny” or down with the kids or whatever the hell this was all about.
Of course, when this was pointed out to her, Lisa relented and apologised for being such an arrogant, presumptuous smacked ass and promised never to do it again. Oh, except she didn’t. Instead, she took to her Twitter to taunt those who were angered by her choice of language and basically told them to get over it:
She also told The Huffington Post that she used the word “nigga” to mean “friend”. So why didn’t you just call her your friend, then? Listen, I don’t want to open a can of worms here. I’m sure Lisa is totally not a racist – one of her best friends is probably black! – but the blatant disregard for the difference between what you meant and what it means in the world at large is a bit troubling. Also, figures Lena Dunham is in this photo with her/is friends with her. Like attracts like.