This is an impressively daft move by The Dunham Horror. I’m genuinely amazed that her lawyers were willing to do it, given how incompetent it makes them look.
On Saturday, HBO’s Lena Dunham sent a “cease and desist” letter to TruthRevolt demanding that we remove an article we posted last Wednesday on sections of her book, Not That Kind of Girl. The letter threatened legal action if we did not both remove that article, as well as print a note, the suggested language of which read as follows:
We recently published a story stating that Ms. Dunham engaged in sexual conduct with her sister. The story was false, and we deeply regret having printed it. We apologize to Ms. Dunham, her sister, and their parents, for this false story.
We refuse. We refuse to withdraw our story or apologize for running it, because quoting a woman’s book does not constitute a “false” story, even if she is a prominent actress and left-wing activist. Lena Dunham may not like our interpretation of her book, but unfortunately for her and her attorneys, she wrote that book – and the First Amendment covers a good deal of material she may not like.
In particular, the letter from Ms. Dunham’s lawyers labeled as “false and defamatory” our claims that she “experiment[ed] sexually with her younger sister Grace,” “experimented with her six-year younger sister’s vagina,” and “use[d] her little sister at times essentially as a sexual outlet.” In her desire to curb First Amendment freedoms, Dunham’s attorneys threatened legal action seeking “millions of dollars; punitive damages which can be a multiple of up to ten times actual damages; and injunctive relief.”
We assume that both Ms. Dunham and her attorneys are capable of reading Ms. Dunham’s book, which contains the following direct excerpts….
I can imagine that Ben Shapiro, who I seem to recall has a JD, would be licking his chops at getting the chance to depose this narcissistic abomination. Say what you will about him, at least John “I’m a rapist” Scalzi had the cognitive capacity to grasp that you can’t successfully sue anyone for simply repeating SOMETHING THAT YOU WROTE YOURSELF. It would appear that The Dunham Horror is not only more disgusting than anyone imagined, she’s dumber as well.
Go back to the sea, Lena. It’s time to realize your destiny and wade into the waves.
Seriously. It’s time. Go. Back. To. The. Sea.