Before an industry crowd at the Big Apple’s famed Four Seasons Hotel, actress/nudist Lena Dunham and writing partner Jenni Konner accepted a Fashion Media Award for Best Digital Destination, an honor bestowed upon their left-leaning website www.lennyletter.com.
Dunham took the distinguished opportunity to get political by telling the story of her immigrant grandfather.
“He was a Hungarian immigrant. He came to this country in the early 20th century, having come from poverty and discrimination, hoping to live the American dream,” said the creator of HBO’s Girls. ”He found it here in New York in the garment district, where he made his way up the ladder and finally started his own company.”
Dunham heralded key fashion figures who were immigrants, such as Oscar de la Renta and Naeem Khan.
“So now it’s incumbent upon us to all take action to protect immigrants, especially undocumented Americans, not just for their sake, but for ours because they bring craft, passion, and style to our lives.”
Dunham seemed oblivious to a key point in her grandfather’s story: that he came to this country legally and “made his way up the ladder.” So she regaled the audience with the tale of a man who came to this country following the rules, and then she used that anecdote to push the message that no one should have to conform to them.
“We can…help Americans who are at risk of deportation,” said the winner of the 2012 Glamour Award for The Voice of a Generation, not understanding that anyone at risk of deporation is by definition not American. Running with the contradiction, she told the receptive crowd, “Make it known that you support all undocumented Americans and their right to stay here.”
Um, if they're undocumented, they have no such right.