Lena Dunham’s Lawyer Forces Site to Remove Book Proposal, But “Nauseating” Quotes Remain
Girls creator Lena Dunham recently sold a 66-page book proposal for Not That Kind of Girl to Random House for $3.5 million.
Gawker posted all 66 pages online, but later updated that, "following the intervention" of Lena's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder, they removed the proposal. But that wasn't enough. Gawker also posted a dozen select quotes from the proposal, and even those items were requested to be taken down. Here's an example:
Book proposal quote: "Cassie was a very fat girl we knew who we had nicknamed fat Cassie because she also wasn't that nice."
Note from Gawker: "Update: Lena Dunham's personal litigation counsel Charles Harder has contacted Gawker to relay a demand from his client, Lena Dunham, that we remove the above quote from our web site. In order to clarify our intent in quoting the above matter from Dunham's proposal, we have decided to append the following commentary: The quoted sentence demonstrates that Dunham and her friends cruelly mocked a young girl struggling with her weight."
Deadline's Nikki Finke wrote about the Gawker legal spat, arguing that Lena is being too touchy about wanting even the select quotes removed:
"Granted Dunham’s proposal fetched so much money because publishers rightly or wrongly see this flavor of the moment as an influential creative voice for young women. But Dunham now is taking herself way too seriously over 12 unwitty sentences which Gawker describes (and I agree) are 'indicative of a nauseating and cloying posture of precociousness that permeates the entire proposal'. Meanwhile, Gawker tells me, 'We’re not removing the quotes.' FYI, the book doesn’t have a pub date and apparently isn’t even written yet."
Well, if Lena hasn’t written the book yet, maybe the HBO star can add a special chapter about dealing with haters who call her words "nauseating and cloying."