Tessa Thompson, the actress best-known for her roles in such films as Thor: Ragnarok and Creed as well as TV series Veronica Mars and Westworld, has called out Lena Dunham for not being “anywhere present” at the beginning of Time’s Up, an initiative began by many of Hollywood’s most famous women to help fight sexual harassment in the workplace.
In a now deleted Instagram post (the image was also shared by Lena Dunham and can be seen below), Thompson shared a photo of the women who participated in the initative, including Michelle Williams, Billie Jean King, Rashida Jones, Susan Sarandon, and Laura Dern.
In the post, the actress said that planning for the red carpet the day before Sunday night’s Golden Globes required “6 hours, 60 artists, 8 activists and a lot of coffee.” However, according to Thompson, Dunham’s participation didn’t go much further than the photo op.
Her statement (via Indiewire), which came in response to several commenters questioning why Dunham was in the picture at all, reads:
“Lena was not anywhere present in our group during the countless hours of work for the last two months. We hosted an open house for actresses for red carpet messaging and Lena presence was a surprise to us all. This is a time of reckoning. And for many, a re-education. So many women also have real work to do. I’m afraid it’s too nuanced a conversation to have on this platform. But I hear you, and know that your thoughts and words are not lost on me. It’s been discussed”
Dunham has been involved in numerous controversies, the most recent of which saw her defend Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused of rape by actress Aurora Perrineau.
*UPDATE* Tessa Thompson has since clarified her remarks via Twitter to suggest that she does value Dunham's involvement in Time's Up.
"I sometimes lack finesse in navigating social media. Hard to discuss issues with nuance there. A response I made to comments on an Instagram became fodder for a piece that I believe was designed to create conflict where there isn’t any," she wrote.
"It’s perhaps more complex than that. But I, in no way, want to diminish Lena Dunham and her work, her voice, and her importance. We have spoken and she knows my heart. I feel a responsibility to women that have sometimes felt ignored, dismissed, and underrepresented. They are my beacons. I regret that my words were misinterpreted to distract from the most important thing:
"The Time’s Up campaign is for everyone, in all capacities, contributions big and small. It doesn’t belong to any one. It is for us all. The beauty of this huge collaboration has been a group of countless committed people who have come together for a shared purpose. To create change. And it is such a powerful thing. I stand, humbled, with everyone involved. Linked not ranked."
— Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) January 9, 2018