She’s been hailed as the voice of her generation – and that voice will not be coming from up north anytime soon.
Lena Dunham on Wednesday explained in detail why she’s not making good on a previous vow to move to Canada if Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in this month’s historic U.S. election.
The Girls creator and star, 30, posted a block-quote telling her 2.8 million Instagram followers why she decided not to relocate after the Celebrity Apprentice host’s shocking victory November 8, and how she’s been dealing with the trolls razzing her about the unfulfilled promise.
Staying put: Lena Dunham on Wednesday said she’s staying the United States despite a vow in April to move to Canada if Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the U.S. election
For the record: The Girls creator opened up about her decision to stay in the states after her candidate lost
‘Today I received a letter (yes, on paper) that read “don’t let the door hit you on the ass when you cross the border into Canada.” This is actually one of the more polite notes I’ve gotten recently, and I’ll survive it just fine,’ wrote Lena, who often takes to her Lenny Letter website to vent about social and political issues.
‘And you know what else I’ve realized I can survive, as a Jewish pro-choice sexual assault survivor with a queer family member and a belief that we are all exactly & beautifully equal?’
The outspoken HBO star, who was among the many Hollywood stars to lend her support to the Democratic nominee over the past year-and-a-half, said she’s holding steadfast amid Trump’s endless stream of controversial soundbites and political appointments.
‘I can survive staying in this country, MY country, to fight and live and use my embarrassment of blessings to do what’s right,’ the Golden Globe winner.
Gearing up: The entertainer, who leans left in her political views, says she will use her ’embarrassment of blessings to do what’s right’ in the battle for hearts and minds
Headed for a heartbreak: Lena and her boyfriend, musician Jack Antonoff, looked to be in great spirits after voting November 8, but the smiles would fade as results trickled in
She said that while her initial vow was essentially a throwaway line made in jest, she can still move the needle using her immense influence to fight future battles.
‘It’s easy to joke about moving to Canada,’ the Emmy-nominated star said. ‘It’s harder to see, and to love, the people who fill your mailbox with hate. It’s harder to see what needs to be done and do it.
‘It’s harder to live, fully and painfully aware of the injustice surrounding us, to cherish and fear your country all at once.’
Agony of defeat: Dunham said on her Lenny Letter website November 11 that both cried, and Antonoff had difficulty breathing, as states kept coming up red for the celebrity businessman
Lena ended the impassioned note in saying that she’s ‘willing to try,’ asking her followers, ‘Will you try with me?’
Dunham, who authored the tome Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, made the remark about relocating in April as she attended an award ceremony aimed at honoring female standouts working in communications.
‘I know a lovely place in Vancouver, and I can get my work done from there,’ she said at the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter. ‘I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will.’
Lena’s show Girls returns to HBO for its final season February 10.
Not going anywhere: Lena’s friend, comic Amy Schumer, also said she’d be moving if Trump was elected. Schumer said November 9 the remarks were made in jest, calling the president-elect a ‘racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser’