People usually have varied opinions about new film news, but this time, Twitter users from all walks of life united to hate on the news of Lena Dunham adapting a Syrian refugee story for film.
According to The Wrap, Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams have chosen Dunham to adapt Melissa Fleming’s A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss and Survival. Fleming, the chief spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote the nonfiction book in 2017 about Doaa Al-Zamel, a woman who became one of the few survivors of a capsized boat of refugees in the Mediterranean. Film producer Arif Hussein is expected to executive produce with Spielberg and Abrams’ companies, Amblin Partners and Bad Robot, as producers.
It’s true that Dunham is not well liked by many online. There are many reasons for her bad reputation, one of them being when she simultaneously championed the Me Too movement while denigrating actress of color Aurora Perrineau’s rape accusations against Girls writer Murray Miller. But still, the immediate outrage over Dunham’s involvement with the story is something to behold. Here’s just a smattering of people who have unleashed their rage in 200 characters or less.
— Mediaversity Reviews (@MediaversityRev) October 29, 2018
Never forget – when Lena Dunham had Riz Ahmed (Who is South Asian) as her baby daddy on “Girls” but cast a Black Latinx child as her son. Good times. ???? pic.twitter.com/8LULTRLKYM
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) October 29, 2018
When there’s Lena Dunham news on your timeline. pic.twitter.com/FjatUKpNkq
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) October 29, 2018
Well at least everyone can still get pissed off at Lena Dunham together.
— The Curse of the Zack Figurine (@zhandlen) October 29, 2018
The words ‘Lena Dunham adapting a refugee story’ are enough to make me cringe.
This is the writing equivalent of the Lindsey Lohan thing why tf is this happening? pic.twitter.com/1Pz0i8MsJh
— Scarolyn the swamp thing ????????♂️???????????? (@CarolynsGeekOut) October 29, 2018
I am not up for this today, I just am not. @lenadunham – you have an opportunity here. Lift up a Syrian or Syrian-American writer. Do the right thing.
The men won’t do it. Apparently they don’t know how. https://t.co/hZki2mj3Rl
— TheooooooOooooo???????????? (@theo_allyn) October 29, 2018
will be the MUST MISS movie of the summer.
— CryptoElonMusk (@Crypto_ElonMusk) October 29, 2018
a white person goes to Syria and saves them all. LMAO
— Edward Kakraba (@EdKPhotographer) October 29, 2018
— Patty Plátano ???????? (@linluv5) October 29, 2018
Hey @lenadunham just out of curiosity, have you donated to any Syrian refugee organizations or relief efforts? Just curious if you’ve at least done that before you profit off my people’s pain!
— Boo!???????????? ???????????????????????????????? ???? (@suzannesamin) October 29, 2018
— Regine (@egi9781) October 29, 2018
— Kasey (@bastylefilegirl) October 29, 2018
Why the fuck would someone do this? By “this” I mean hire Lena Dunham to adapt this story. https://t.co/5VEn3DpDf0
— Lantz O’Lantern ???? ???????? (@lantzarroyo) October 29, 2018
As an Arab man, this upsets me. Lena Dunham is appropriating my race. Figures.
— They call me K (@MrKHafid1) October 29, 2018
Quit letting Lena Dunham make things https://t.co/w4xJGWgowv
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) October 29, 2018
Really? Well if they are looking for a vile depiction. They picked the obvious vile choice.
— Cheryl Wigglebottom (@senorasantos) October 29, 2018
— puh-hosa (@mooo_fasa) October 29, 2018
lena dunham, a white woman accused of racism everytime she opens her mouth, has been handed the keys to one of the most fragile subjects of the decade. https://t.co/ILfBZBVQZP
— Spectre of Kailmunism ???? ☭ (@WorkerSpice) October 29, 2018