Lena Dunham Left a Voicemail for House Speaker Paul Ryan About Steve Bannon's Appointment
Check your voicemail, House Speaker Paul Ryan; Lena Dunham has a message for you. The "Girls" creator called Ryan's office on Monday to express her concern over President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon to the role of chief White House strategist and senior counselor on Sunday.
Bannon previously worked as the executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, which is the parent company of hyperpartisan right-wing site Breitbart News. The site is a favorite among the "alt-right" movement, which holds the ideals of white supremacy to be part of their doctrine. White nationalist leaders, including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and chairman of the American Nazi Party Rocky J. Suhayda, are celebrating Bannon's appointment.
Enter Dunham, who posted a video of her call to Ryan on Instagram. "Hi Speaker Ryan, this is Lena Dunham calling," she said in the message. "I wanted to leave a message to let you now how disappointed so many of us are in the appointment of Steve Bannon. I’m not sure you’re really going to listen to this. But I hope you do, because I want to let you know that as a woman, as a Jew, as a person who cares about other human beings, people of color, the idea of appointing an anti-Semitic white supremacist … " before the message system cuts her off.
On Monday night, Dunham again sounded off on Bannon's appointment at Glamour's Women of the Year awards. The actress, who took the stage to introduce the award dedicated to Emily Doe, the Stanford rape victim, was emotional as she discussed her own sexual assault and opened up about the backlash she received after speaking about it publicly. "I'm going to go off script for a moment here to say that most of the attacks came from Breitbart News where Steve Bannon who has just been elected as council to the president-elect spent much of his career working," Dunham said.
Watch Dunham's full speech, below:
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