Lena Dunham recently spoke with comedian Marc Maron on his “WTF” podcast and the “Girls” creator and star had plenty to say about some notable Jewish figures.
First, she talks about growing up in SoHo and constantly being around observant Jews, who may not have lived in the neighborhood, but owned businesses there: “I lived in a community that was only Hasidic people and artists,” she said. “I think I didn’t understand that it was a religious preference—I thought it was some peoples’ style. I thought, some people dress like punks, some people like to wear big hats and grow beards and tendrils from their heads. I don’t think I understood it signified anything.”
Dunham comes out against Woody Allen, saying, “In the latest Woody Allen debate I am decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behavior. But for me, when people go through his work and comb through it for evidence of child molestation, that’s not the fucking point. I’m not comfortable living in a world where art is how we convict people of crimes.”
Dunham also spoke about another problematic Jewish figure, Philip Roth. While she believes him to be a better artistic role model than Woody Allen, she still doesn’t agree with his treatment of women. “Being a feminist obsessed with Philip Roth is not the most clean-cut position,” she admits, “but his life’s work, his legacy, the whole thing is all super compelling to me.”
J-Connection: Lena Dunham, Marc Maron, Woody Allen and Philip Roth are all Jewish.