This is rather funny. Someone at Vice pretended to post a piece of Lena Dunham’s new book, and Instapundit (but really, he’s a libertarian) and the twitchy wingnuts went postal:
Then a miracle happened: It got retweeted by Instapundit, a conservative blogger who is read by a lot of relatively respectable people. That led to syndicated radio host and frequent FOX News contributor Tammy Bruce picking it up. She has since deleted the post, but she sent my joke along and added one word: “OMG.” All of a sudden, my joke was hopping around the right-wing Twittersphere, only nobody knew I was joking. As far as my new audience was concerned, that Veblen quote was the work of 28-year-old comedy auteur Lena Dunham, a known liberal.
These FOX News viewers were instantly angry with the Not That Kind of Girl author—not that it takes that much to get conservatives pissed off at Dunahm. She needed an editor; she had the audacity to use the word “exigencies”; she just wrote the world’s worst term paper. It was time for her to go down. This was the last straw. Comments generally fell into four categories, all of them convinced of the quote’s veracity. (Note: I reorganized these tweets to aid smoother categorization. They don’t represent the actual timeline.)
Wow, Lena Dunham's book is actually great. I totally understand why she got 3.7 million dollars to write it. pic.twitter.com/AgneAN1pIw
— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) October 3, 2014
They’ll fall for anything that can get them worked up into a lather.