21. Girls Creator Makes Insensitive Joke
Date: August 10
Tweet: "I had a real goth/fundamentalist attitude when I woke up from my nap"
Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO's latest hit show, Girls, has been under the public microscope all year. Most of the time the hate sent her way was unwarranted, but in this instance it was well-deserved. Days after the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, writer/director/producer posted a photo of herself in a scarf that was wrapped around her head like a hijab and tweeted that she had a "goth/fundamentalist" attitude. After the Twitterverse exploded, Dunham apologized saying, "Been in production and completely not reading the news. Didn't realize what a bad time it was to make a joke like that. Not a good excuse you guys, but an excuse nonetheless. I'm glad you keep me informed and I'm deleting those tweets." A cringeworthy apology, but an apology nonetheless.