Slate writer Amanda Marcotte ripped into Breitbart News over an investigative piece published Thursday that calls into question Lena Dunham’s story of being raped as a 19 year-old by a campus Republican named Barry.
Responding to a tweet from Bloomberg Politics’ Dave Weigel that linked the story, Marcotte tweeted back, “It’s really time for people to understand that rape denialism is like Holocaust denialism: Broad refusal to accept reality.”
@daveweigel It’s really time for people to understand that rape denialism is like Holocaust denialism: Broad refusal to accept reality.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) December 4, 2014
The Breitbart News piece does not deny the horrific crime of rape happens, nor does it deny Dunham may have been raped in college:
Maybe Lena Dunham’s rapist is out there, and maybe this man voted for George W. Bush, and maybe this man did indeed hurt two other women.
What we do know is that whatever her motives, rather than cooperate with campus and local authorities (who are taking her charges seriously) to get a brutal man off the street before he hurts another woman, Dunham has apparently decided to instead hurl suspicion at Barry One.
What Breitbart News found after an investigation that lasted more than a month is that the details of Dunham’s rape claim cannot be verified and that those details point to an innocent man who has had to hide his Facebook page and hire an attorney.
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