Lena Dunham: Let’s ban the word ‘shrill’ when covering Hillary Clinton

Lena Dunham: Let’s ban the word ‘shrill’ when covering Hillary Clinton

Lena Dunham

dunhamIf Lena Dunham had her way, words like “shrill” and “difficult” would be banned in news coverage of Hillary Clinton — or any other female candidate for office.

The reason?  Such words, she claims, are sexist.

“The way that Hillary Clinton’s been talked about in the media is so gendered and rabidly sexist in every single portrayal,” Dunham said an interview with Variety magazine released on Sunday.

“Adjectives – whether it’s attacks on her personal life or the adjectives that are used to describe her clothing – we have to do a full reexamination. I really want to do a list that we hand to media outlets that says, ‘These are the words you can’t use when describing a female candidate: shrill, inaccessible, difficult, frumpy, and plastic.’ I mean there’s just a list of words. If we were allowed to talk about male candidates like that, I’d have a f*****g field day. I’d enjoy my life so much.”

Here’s video of her comments, courtesy of Variety:

Mediaite noted a bit of hypocrisy in her comment:

The shrill comments are likely to be difficult for the frumpy star of HBO’s Girls, considering that The New York Times recently reported that Dunham herself was loudly criticizing Clinton at a private industry event.

Of course.  Scratch a liberal, uncover a hypocritical fascist…

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