People certainly mentioned the whole Casey Affleck scenario during the Oscars, but how did Mel Gibson, with his history of anti-Semitic and racist remarks, not to mention domestic abuse, get through the awards season gauntlet pretty much unscathed by his past?
Opening up about the criticism she faced after a perhaps odd turn of phrase over abortion, Lena Dunham pointed out the inequalities between her treatment for the remark and Gibson’s seamless ceremony.
In an important point about a woman’s right to decide what she does with her body, Dunham had admitted that she hadn’t had an abortion, but said, “I wish I had”. She was vilified by the US press and attacked on social media.
Meanwhile, Gibson’s movie, Hacksaw Ridge, was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Director, and won two awards for Sound Mixing and Film Editing. All, it seemed, had been forgiven for this white, male Hollywood star.
Speaking during an appearance of ‘Never Before’ with Janet Mock, Dunham said she found watching Gibson’s return to success made her own backlash harder to accept.
“I guess when you feel like you’ve been fighting that uphill battle for six years and then you say one thing on your podcast and everyone’s like, ‘Go kill yourself, you’re not doing anything for this moment’, you’re like, I have ate, slept and breathed this dialogue and this rhetoric for as long as I’ve been alive.”
She went on to ask why her comments were considered so shocking, when Gibson’s record had practically been wiped clean.
“My words were spoken from a sort of ‘delusional girl’ persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that’s what my TV show is too) and it didn’t translate,” she explained of the comments she did make.
“That’s my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy.”