Lena Dunham: 'P.C.' No Longer Means 'Political Correctness', It's Now 'Powerful Consideration'

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Lena Dunham, the outspoken creator of HBO's Girls, issued another battle cry to her 5.3 million Twitter followers on Saturday. But she wasn't championing her infamous Donald Trump weight loss plan or once again calling sushi racist.

The impressively woke actress, writer and producer argued that the now widely-derided term "P.C." needs to reclaim its power by changing its definition from "political correctness" to either "powerful consideration" or "proactive compassion." 

There is a trace of irony to Dunham's tweet, seeing how she has recently been criticized for comments that some might actually deem "politically incorrect."

In December 2016, for instance, she famously said on her podcast, "I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had." 

The comment raised hackles on both liberal and conservative Twitter, and prompted one blogger to advise, "That's enough, Lena Dunham." 

Dunham was similarly reprimanded over her "narcissistic assumptions" that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had judged her body as looking like a "marshmallow" without ever meeting him at a party last year. 

In an interview with Amy Schumer for Dunham's Lenny newsletter, the Girls gadfly recounted her experience at the Met Gala In New York City with Beckham., who she claimed refused to speak to her the entire night because she was wearing a tuxedo. 

“It was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” Dunham said. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”

“The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f**k it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.’”

Some critics even accused Dunham of straight-up racism for blindly assuming Beckham Jr. was misogynistic for paying her no mind. She later issued a pretty heartfelt apology about the whole mess.

Hmmmm....let's check back with Lena to see what else is on her mind lately...

Thanks for sharing, Lena!