We asked to chat up Elizabeth Warren, whom we wanted to talk to about Wall Street and the general lefty unease with Hillary Clinton. We asked for a few minutes with Clinton herself, because she is running for president and we have some things we'd like to know. What the Clinton campaign gave us was Lena Dunham, an actress best known for hooking up with Kylo Ren on that HBO show we stopped watching three years ago. Sigh.
Dunham was at Duke University Sunday night to rally millennials to the polls through celebrity peer pressure. To this end, she assembled a powerhouse group of women—LGBTQ activist Janet Mock, actress Constance Wu, comedian Aparna Nancherla, and writer Ashley Ford—to discuss why the college-aged women in the room should vote for Clinton.
"I don't know if you guys noticed, but I'm kind of a woman and I'm kind of black," said Ford, who moderated the panel. "At the end of the day I often feel like my identity, the things that make me who I am, the things that I honestly can't help, are some of the biggest reasons why I want to vote for someone who seems to at least think I'm a person and a person who deserves rights and a person who deserves to live in this country."
Afterward, Dunham and Mock spoke with the INDY about the importance of voting. "For me, it's that the higher the turnout, the more representative our government tends to be," Mock said. "In the sense of being inclusive and ensuring that policies align with the lived lives, the lived realities, I think we need all underrepresented people [to vote]."
Dunham echoed Mock. "I think it's really essential for young women to understand that they really do have a voice in the political process," she says. "The fact is that voting is one of the ways we make our voices heard."
This is all true and important, and we have nothing against Dunham or Mock, who are both smart and accomplished and are using their celebrity to change the world. We still would've liked to meet Warren, though.