The controversial actress and activist endorsed the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn in a post on Instagram.
Lena Dunham, an actress known for her liberal views and her controversial statements, endorsed Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party ahead of the UK’s snap election on Thursday, June 8.
In an Instagram post, Dunham said that with Corbyn, the Brits will “have a chance at a fair and just leader who will temper the fascism and darkness of our current American moment.”
We here in America have watched in horror as our siblings in the U.K. have been attacked these past weeks and our president has been unable to offer so much as a word of condolence, only using this to push forward his racist and xenophobic agenda. We no longer have the option to pretend that what happens in Britain or America is separate. We do not live in fiefdoms. We must all work together to quell the tide of hate and complacency. Which is why, despite my US Passport, I desperately urge my U.K. friends/fans/frenemies to get out and vote for the Labour Party. With Jeremy Corbyn you have a chance at a fair and just leader who will temper the fascism and darkness of our current American moment. Thank you for considering, for getting your butts out there and for knowing- even when you feel abandoned by electoral politics- that your vote is all we have. This Thursday, June 8!
It’s unclear if Dunham’s endorsement was sought by Corbyn. Dunham has a controversial history. Some accused her of sexually assaulting her sister after she shared a story about her younger sibling in a 2014 book. In 2016, she said she “wish[ed]” she had an abortion. Also in 2016, some accused Dunham of “perpetuating racist stereotypes about black athletes” after a run-in with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
Dunham mentioned the recent terror attacks in her endorsement of Corbyn, but some have accused Corbyn of being soft on terror in recent weeks. The Telegraph reported that Corbyn, in 2014, said the UK should not go after supporters of ISIS just for “expressing a political point of view.”
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