ADL Slams Lena Dunham for "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend" 'New Yorker' Quiz
The group called the humor piece's "stereotypes about cheap Jews offensive."
The Anti-Defamation League isn't laughing about Lena Dunham's latest piece for The New Yorker.
The creator of HBO's Girls penned a humor piece "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend: A Quiz," in which she lists 35 statements, challenging the reader to figure out if it was about her dog or a Jewish boyfriend. Dunham herself is Jewish.
The ADL, a group which fights anti-Semitism, released a statement saying the piece perpetrates a number of Jewish stereotypes. Among the items it found objectionable: "He doesn’t tip," he “never brings his wallet anywhere” and “comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don’t acknowledge their own need for independence as women.”
The ADL said some readers would find the "stereotypes about cheap Jews offensive."
The ADL said in a statement that "[t]he piece is particularly troubling because it evokes memories of the 'No Jews or Dogs Allowed' signs from our own early history in this country, and also because, in a much more sinister way, many in the Muslim world today hatefully refer to Jews as 'dogs.' We doubt that Ms. Dunham had any intention of evoking such comparisons. While we understand that humor is its own special brand of expression and always try to give leeway to comedians, we wish that she had chosen another less insensitive way to publicly reflect on her boyfriend’s virtues and vices. We are surprised that The New Yorker chose to print it."
New Yorker editor David Remnick released a statement defending the piece.
Dunham has been dating Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff since 2012. The season four finale of Girls aired last Sunday.
Dunham's rep declined to comment.