Lena Dunham was one of the more vocal celebrities to say she would move to Canada if Donald Trump won the presidency, but now she is changing her tune.
Dunham was a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter throughout the election, even interviewing the Democratic nominee last September. The Girls star expressed her immense disappointment with Trump's election victory over Clinton in her Lenny newsletter in early November, admitting she cried and broke out in hives.
Yet, Dunham's sadness over Trump becoming the president-elect is not persuading her to move to Canada, as she promised back in April. The actress expressed her feelings in a new Instagram post, writing at length about why she's staying put in America.
"Today I received a letter (yes, on paper) that read 'don't let the door hit you on the a- when you cross the border into Canada.' This is actually one of the more polite notes I've gotten recently, and I'll survive it just fine," the actress wrote.
"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 fight and love and use my embarrassment of blessings to do what's right," she continued. "It's easy to joke about moving to Canada. It's hard 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?"
A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:22pm PST
Dunham had similar thoughts in her Lenny newsletter, saying that "the work isn't done. It is only beginning" as far as championing progressive causes in the midst of the Trump presidency. The actress did admit, however, that she felt disappointed by "the system" for the first time as a white woman at the age of 30, and noted that she was privileged compared to minority groups.