The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Jewish human rights group today (March 27, 2015) criticized a "troubling" essay written by actress Lena Dunham, in which she compares her Jewish boyfriend to her dog. The ADL said the article evokes offensive stereotypes about Jews, the Algemeiner website reports.
ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said, "The piece is particularly troubling because it evokes memories of the 'No Jews or Dogs Allowed' signs from our own early history in this country, and also because, in a much more sinister way, many in the Muslim world today hatefully refer to Jews as 'dogs.'"
Dunham's controversial piece -- titled "Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz" -- was published in the March 30th issue of The New Yorker magazine. The main actress of the HBO series "Girls" asked her readers to guess whether a number of statements applied to her dog or to her Jewish boyfriend.
Among the statements in the article Dunham -- who herself is Jewish -- writes, "he expects to be waited on hand and foot by the women in his life, and anything less than that makes him whiny and distant" and "he is openly hostile toward the Hasidic community, focusing most of his rage on their bulky (but chic) fur hats."