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Lena Dunham Launches #StopTheStigma Campaign in Support of ‘Obvious Child’

The ‘Girls’ creator was angered to discover that NBC refused a trailer due to inclusion of the word “abortion”

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 24th, 2014 in Culture » Film » News

Lena Dunham Launches #StopTheStigma Campaign in Support of ‘Obvious Child’

Jenny Slate’s new romantic comedy entitled ‘Obvious Child’ has received an equal mixture of praise and criticism. The majority of said criticism stems from the controversial subject matter of the otherwise light-hearted film.

In ‘Obvious Child’, Slate plays a woman that decides to have an abortion after getting pregnant as the result of a one-night stand.

Last week, it was reported that NBC refused to air a trailer for Slate’s film because it included a snippet from the scene that she declares her choice to terminate her pregnancy.

‘Girls’ creator and outspoken feminist, Lena Dunham, was outraged by this decision, taking her ire to Twitter.

“NBC refuses to air the trailer for Obvious Child because it mentions abortion and that’s not okay. #StopTheStigma,” Dunham tweeted, followed by a link to a Planned Parenthood petition that is urging NBC to “clarify its standards.”

In response, NBC issued an official statement insisting that “no final spots were submitted to NBC broadcast standards.”

Many people on Twitter responded to her comments both in support and disagreement.

And what does Dunham have to say to those who are on NBC’s team?

“To those saying NBC can make its own choices: duh. But NBC is home to many smart, forward-thinking shows and should reevaluate their stance.”

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