Girls creator Lena Dunham announced Friday that she was shutting down her internet newsletter Lenny Letter after three years. She and Jenni Konner founded Lenny together, and the newsletter—and their political stances more generally—came under attack several times for being "hypocritical" and "privileged."
"When we began plotting Lenny almost four years ago, we were casually referring to this venture as our cool older sister — someone who’s been there, done that, someone who’s learned from her successes and her failures. But this newsletter has grown way beyond that dream. It was our dearest hope that we could create a space where new voices were safe to speak, and speak loudly. But we didn’t create that. You did," she wrote in her farewell.
"What you have created — a fiercely passionate community of dedicated readers, writers, and artists — is more than we ever could have asked for. Because, of course, Lenny IS you: every politician, every journalist, every activist, every illustrator, every athlete who shared her words here," the letter continued.
Twitter cackled with glee upon learning of the news. There were many crying laughing emojis, with one user summarizing the blistering disdain thusly: "It’s almost like we shouldn’t support platforms that showcase incredibly problematic and privileged voices." Another user rejoiced that the "left and right" finally had something to "agree on."
Dunham, 32, and Konner, 47, parted ways a few months ago after creating Girls and Camping together. Lenny Letter came under fire in November of 2017 when Zinzi Clemmons penned an open letter saying she would no longer write for Lenny, accusing Dunham of racism. She also questioned Dunham and Konner’s decision to defend their friend Murray Miller (a former Girls writer and producer) against allegations of sexual assault. They apologized.