Millennial favorites (?) Demi Lovato, Lena Dunham, and Katy Perry have all campaigned for Hillary Clinton this election cycle, and according to a new report from The Free Beacon, at least one of them has gotten paid. The Clinton campaign reported paying Perry’s company, Kitty Purry, Inc., almost $70,000 in December for “event production.”
Actress, memoirist, and newsletter publisher Lena Dunham is one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent campaign surrogates. Their relationship has worked out well so far: Clinton benefits from the attention of Dunham’s Millennial fans, while Dunham, who made her name in comedy, gets to align herself (and her brand) with the one of the world’s most powerful politicians. According to Amy Chozick of The New York Times, however, Dunham initially expressed some misgivings about her future alignment with the Clinton clan, apparently before she began showing up at Hillary Clinton’s campaign rallies:
Since its publication this fall, Lena Dunham’s bestselling essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl, has inspired her fans and offered a different kind of inspiration to her foes. The right-wing press, in particular, has taken Dunham’s discursive set of autobiographical writings as a tip sheet to potential scandals and crimes involving the author—who is, as a paragon of metropolitan lefty pop culture, clearly a degenerate.
All weekend and yesterday, the internet was arguing over whether it was fair or sane for Truth Revolt to have interpreted behavior described in Lena Dunham's memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, as the author's sexual abuse of her younger sister. Dunham responded, her sister Grace responded, writers responded (and responded to criticism for not responding to the passages of the books in question). Dunham canceled promo appearances in Europe (we hear, though, that her rep attributes this to "health issues") and, according to Truth Revolt, sent the site a cease and desist, threatening to sue if the quotations from her book weren't removed from the site.
Author and director Lena Dunham took to Twitter today to call the claims that she'd "sexually abus[ed]" her little sister—made most prominently in article called "Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister," which appeared on the right-wing news website TruthRevolt—"fucking upsetting and disgusting."
Lena Dunham’s upcoming book tour, for her highly-anticipated memoir Not That Kind of Girl, quickly sold out in July. If you didn’t nab a ticket then, and have nearly a grand to spare, you’re in luck: One New Yorker is selling his or her general admission ticket to Dunham’s October 21 reading at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for $900 on Craigslist.