Lena Dunham and Oprah Winfrey Break Their Silence Following Donald Trump’s Shocking Victory
Lena Dunham is ready to fight back.
It’s been two days since Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States and Dunham, one of Hillary Clinton’s most loyal supporters has remained silent, until now. Early Friday morning (Nov. 11, 2016), Dunham took to Instagram to break her two-day silence, first to honor the late Leonard Cohen, then to address the literal elephant in the room.
“Like so many of you I have been gutted, breath taken in the worst way, by the results of this week’s election- a sadness like a death or a separation, crushing and fresh every hour,” she captioned an illustrated Instagram post. “But in the words of the immortal Flo Kennedy we most organize, not agonize.”
Like so many of you I have been gutted, breath taken in the worst way, by the results of this week’s election- a sadness like a death or a separation, crushing and fresh every hour. But in the words of the immortal Flo Kennedy we most organize, not agonize. My thoughts up now on @lennyletter- link in bio. AND: if you wonder why comments are disabled on this post? I refuse to take any more verbal abuse, threats of violence, taunts, jabs at my body, my family, my humanity. I refuse not just for me but for all of us. Across many intersections, we are done. There is no space left- the caverns of begrudging acceptance have been emptied and filled with fight. Just like she would want. Just like all the those who have fought for us would demand.
Dunham shared that she’s written up her thoughts on the results of the election in the latest Lenny Letter essay titled, “Don’t Agonize, Organize.” “The three hours I spent at the Javits Center Tuesday night, surrounded by campaign staffers and fellow surrogates for Hillary Clinton, are blurred and spotty. At a certain point it became clear something had gone horribly wrong,” she wrote of her experience on election night. “Celebrants’ faces turned. The modeling had been incorrect. Watching the numbers in Florida, I touched my face and realized I was crying. ‘Can we please go home?’I said to my boyfriend. I could tell he was having trouble breathing, and I could feel my chin breaking into hives.”
Dunham went on to further condemn Trump’s rhetoric and thank Clinton for her tireless work, but most importantly she urged her readers not to back down. “So no, the work isn’t done. It is only beginning. We will stun ourselves with what we are capable of. We will laugh with surprise like kids who finally threw a punch back at the schoolyard bully,” she wrote. “We will watch our friends in awe as they step forward and demand more, as they recognize and wield their politicized identities. We will not be governed by fear. We will show our children a different way. We will go home like shooting stars.”
Soon after, Dunham took to Instagram again to insist that despite joking about it before, she has no plans to move to Canada. “And for those demanding I move to Canada based on something I said when this man seemed like a steak salesman with a long shot at the presidency: stay busy reveling in your new regime,” she captioned a photo of the Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
And for those demanding I move to Canada based on something I said when this man seemed like a steak salesman with a long shot at the presidency: stay busy reveling in your new regime. I will go many places during my lifetime, surrounded by kindreds on a mission to spread justice and light. I can’t wait for all of of this, and for the change to come, as we use what we’ve been given to protect those who can’t protect themselves. What are you living for?
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Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey, another Clinton supporter, remained hopeful as she took to Twitter to briefly address the country’s new President-elect. “#HopeLives,” she wrote alongside a photo of Trump meeting with President Barack Obama for the first time.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 10, 2016