Lena Dunham had some advice for her more than 5.5 million Twitter followers on Tuesday, warning them to “never trust anyone who doesn’t regularly french kiss animals.”
The tweet – which you can view here — was swiftly deleted, as was a follow-up in which she attempted to clarify her position.
“TO BE CLEAR this is about letting rescue pets kiss your mouth,” she said in the subsequent short-lived tweet. “Oh jeez is it only Tuesday?”
Still, her attempts to erase the record were not quick enough for eagle-eyed Twitter users who managed to snap screenshots for posterity.
The feminist author and former “Girls” star’s very affectionate feelings toward pets contrasts sharply with her own past experience. In 2017, the star gave up her rescue dog, Lamby, after four years, claiming that the animal had experienced too much trauma to be properly cared for.
“After four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership, Lamby went to live at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles,” she told fans on Instagram last June.
“Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others”
That earned a rebuke from the animal shelter in Brooklyn which supplied the pup, which publicly disputed her account.
A lot of you have been asking where Lamby is these days since he's always been the star of my gram and I've been posting pics of my poodle girls. Well, you know honesty is my jam but this one has been really heartbreaking to talk about. But I feel I have to share that last March, after four years of challenging behavior and aggression that could not be treated with training or medication or consistent loving dog ownership, Lamby went to live at an amazing professional facility in Los Angeles @matt_thezendog where an awesome person named @therealdanishay (who is educated in a rescue dog's specific trauma) loves him so hard. Lamby suffered terrible abuse as a pup that made having him in a typical home environment dangerous to him and others- we needed to be responsible to ourselves, our neighbors and especially our beloved boy. Jack and I will miss him forever but sometimes when you love something you have to let it go (especially when it requires tetanus shots and stitches.) Someday I'll really write about the pain and relief of letting Lamby go off and really be Lamby, biting and peeing in his own mouth and all. There were so many lessons in it, about forgiving myself and loving with an open palm and giving in to a larger plan. Shout out to @jennikonner for listening to endless hours of Lamby pain, and especially my partner @jackantonoff for loving him even when he ruined floors and couches and our life. Jack knows what Lamby means to me and he let me come to the decision in my own time even when it made his days challenging. Susan & Karen will never be my first loves, but they are fuzzy and hilarious stuffing for the hole Lamby left and we cherish them deeply ❤️#lamby #thefirstcutisthedeepest #foreverlamb PS If you have a similar situation, please know its possible to responsibly re-home your rescue rather than sending them back into the shelter system. It can require patience, diligence and often a financial contribution but there are solutions that leave everyone happy and safe. You will always have been your dog's first stop outside shelter life and that's beautiful.
Separate from animals, it’s far from the first time Dunham has raised eyebrows over her statements and public admissions. In her 2014 memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, she described herself as a “sexual predator” while explaining her relationship with her younger sister.
Here’s the Lena Dunham “sexual predator” joke, in case yall thought it was made up. pic.twitter.com/XmMUQD1OuK
— Dianna E. Anderson ????️???? (@diannaeanderson) November 1, 2014