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April 22, 2015 4:43 pm

Lena Dunham Responds to Charges of Antisemitism: It was Just a Jew Joke

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Lena Dunham compared dogs to a Jewish boyfriend in a piece for the New Yorker. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

“Girls” creator Lena Dunham responded on Tuesday to charges of antisemitism over an article she had penned for the New Yorker, saying it was all in good humor.

Speaking to Variety, Dunham reflected on her “tight-knit Jewish family, where Jew jokes were part of the essential fiber of our communication.”

The article Dunham referred to was called “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz,” with options such as “He doesn’t Tip” and “He’s Crazy for Cream Cheese.”

Among Dunham’s critics, Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abraham Foxman called the article tasteless and troubling. Fans on Twitter responded angrily and expressed disappointment.

Dunham is now working on the fifth season of “Girls.”

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