Lena Dunham Slammed by ADL for 'Tasteless' New Yorker Piece

The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.”

“Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” a piece by the 28-year-old actress and writer of the popular HBO show “Girls,” is a list of 35 statements that begins by asking the reader “Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend?”

The ADL objected to several of Dunham’s statements, including ones that imply that her boyfriend “doesn’t tip,” “never brings his wallet anywhere” and “comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don’t acknowledge their own need for independence as women.”

“Some will certainly find Lena Dunham’s stereotypes about cheap Jews offensive. Others will take issue with the very idea of comparing a dog and a Jewish boyfriend,” ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement issued Friday.

“The piece is particularly troubling because it evokes memories of the ‘No Jews or Dogs Allowed’ signs from our own early history in this country, and also because, in a much more sinister way, many in the Muslim world today hatefully refer to Jews as ‘dogs,’” Foxman’s statement continued.

Since 2012, Dunham’s boyfriend in real life has been Jack Antonoff, the guitarist for the band Fun.,who attended Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, N.J. Dunham has a Jewish mother and Protestant father.

The ADL statement acknowledged that the piece was intended to be humorous:

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Lena Dunham Slammed by ADL for 'Tasteless' New Yorker Piece

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close