Lena Dunham has received a lot of internet hate since her HBO show, Girls, premiered in 2012, but what does she have to say about the hate?
Dunham has been lambasted by internet users and trolls for years, for a variety of reasons. First, her show Girls was attacked for its unlikable characters and lack of minority representation in its cast. Others have latched on to her offscreen comments on topics like abortion and her own childhood.
Whatever the reason, Dunham acknowledges that she's not for everybody. And this will not stop her from speaking her mind in the future.
"I recognize that I'm not everybody's cup of tea, but I could be as poised and well spoken as Princess Diana, and if this were my belief system, I would still be receiving threatening messages on the Internet," Dunham said in a new interview with Time.
The actress and writer addressed her recent comment about wishing she had an abortion.
"I think that the idea that people are going to state their opinions perfectly the first time is just an unrealistic expectation that's placed not just on public figures but on everyone," she noted. "Do I want to learn to speak better and more concisely and more appropriately about every single aspect of reproductive freedom? Of course. Do I think that there will ever be a perfect advocate of reproductive freedom? There can't be."
Dunham also discussed using her own celebrity to advocate for certain issues. As an outspoken, Democratic millennial, she hopes to give voice to major issues facing the United States today.
"I did realize in the 2012 election that I did have an audience of young people who were engaged and empowered but who weren't necessarily voting," she said. "And it was actually encouragement from my writing partner, Jenni Konner, saying you might as well advocate for the things you strongly believe in. To me, that's the only thing that gives meaning to celebrity."
Girls returns for its sixth and final season Sunday, Feb. 12 on HBO.