Actress and writer Lena Dunham is no stranger to controversy, and now she’s catching heat for writing a movie script about Syrian refugees. Dunham was apparently commissioned to write the script by J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg.
Twitter was less than pleased with the announcement.
Lena Dunham should make some minor tweaks to the Syrian refugee memoir. For example, instead of a Syrian refugee, maybe the protagonist is the hapless millennial daughter of wealthy New York City artists? And she also wants to be an artist?
— willy ????♍ (@willystaley) October 29, 2018
There is no one more qualified on this planet to tell the story of Syrian refugees than Lena Dunham pic.twitter.com/UPsnVxS8hy
— Joe Konig (@TheJoeKonig) October 29, 2018
If I ever live a life worth writing about please don’t hire Lena Dunham to tell my story.
— Ben Siemon (@BenjaminJS) October 29, 2018
Critics have savaged Dunham’s previous work for its apparent lack of diversity in casting. Most were left scratching their heads trying to figure out why she was asked to write about Syrian refugees.
Dunham received criticism after revealing her involvement with the film.
Can I respectfully suggest you don't at all? Can I also suggest a Syrian, or at least an Arab person (with knowledge of the country, culture & conflict) does it instead? There are many talented Syrian actors, writers, producers & directors out there, you know :-/
— ديمة (@dimalb) October 29, 2018
Clarifying a bit because this tweet got added to a "moment"
I am thrilled that Hollywood is interested in telling Refugee stories, but not when these stories are being told by white ppl. They are not their stories to exploit for writing credits and profit.
— Jianna (@jianna_rae) October 29, 2018
Disgusting, so you as a rich, over privileged white girl will be whitewashing the suffering of Syrians, absolutely abhorrent! Talk about whitewashing
You should resign and let an actual Syrian refugee play the role and support their pain and suffering not mock it!
— Jonny K (@johnnyklond) October 29, 2018
Others helpfully suggested that she involve real Syrians in the production.