No one likes a grass. Especially one who snitches to an international audience. This is the news that, last week, Lena Dunham, writer, actress and perpetual PC warrior, eavesdropped on two flight attendants at the airport and snitched on them online. What was their crime? Engaging in ‘transphobic talk’.
Dunham was irritated already – her flight was delayed. And to pass the time waiting in the airport, she decided to do a little snooping. ‘Not gonna call out the airline who delayed cuz shit happens BUT I did just overhear 2 @AmericanAir attendants having a transphobic talk’, she tweeted. That is, she chose to save a company from public shame while publicly shaming two workers. After American Airlines got in contact to find out who the offending attendants were, Dunham posted her conversation with them – complete with directions to where they were standing.
‘I heard two female attendants walking talking about how trans kids are a trend, they’d never accept a trans child and transness is gross’, Dunham said. Hardly a hanging offence. The two attendants weren’t stopping trans people from getting on a flight, they were simply having a conversation. That Dunham made these women’s private conversation the business of her 5.54million followers is pretty outrageous. If she was so upset by what they were saying, she should have confronted them in person. Instead, she took the coward’s option.
Dunham is no stranger to putting her foot in it in her attempts to ‘call out’ people. In September 2016, she posted a long moan about what she imagined US footballer Odell Beckham Jr thought of her. She was sat next to him at the Met Gala, and when he didn’t speak to her, she imagined it was because he didn’t fancy her (she was wearing a particularly unflattering tuxedo). ‘He was like, “That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog”’, she said. In fact, Beckham Jr hadn’t said or thought anything of the sort. Dunham had just decided that, because a good-looking black guy didn’t want to ‘f**k’ her, that she was being slighted.