After radio silence for several days following the presidential election, actress Lena Dunham, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton, is jumping back into activism. On Monday, she called and left a voicemail for House Speaker Paul Ryan, expressing her concern about Donald Trump’s controversial hiring of Breitbart News executive Steven Bannon as his chief strategist and senior advisor. Dunham posted a video of her leaving the message on Instagram.
“Hi, Speaker Ryan, this is Lena Dunham calling. I wanted to leave a message to let you know how disappointed so many of us are in the appointment of Steve Bannon. I’m not sure you’re really going to listen to this, but I hope you do, because I want to let you know that as a woman, as a Jew, as a person who cares about other human beings, people of color, the idea of appointing an anti-Semitic white supremacist-” Dunham said before the voicemail machine cut her off.
The actress spoke out about post-election action for the first time this week in her feminist e-newsletter, Lenny Letter.
The work isn’t done. It is only beginning. We will stun ourselves with what we are capable of. We will laugh with surprise like kids who finally threw a punch back at the schoolyard bully. We will watch our friends in awe as they step forward and demand more, as they recognize and wield their politicized identities. We will not be governed by fear. We will show our children a different way. We will go home like shooting stars.
It seems her call to Speaker Ryan is part of such work. In the Instagram post’s caption, Dunham included Speaker Ryan’s phone number and encouraged her followers to leave him a message as well.