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After criticism, Lena Dunham will pay opening acts on her book tour

Lena Dunham

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After the New York Times reported that the warm-up acts on Lena Dunham’s book tour would perform for free and Gawker took aim, Dunham announced on Twitter that she would indeed be paying those performers. 

Dunham described tour for Not That Kind of Girl as having an “arts festival feel,” and she put out a call for videos demonstrating talent. Seven people were picked as her opening acts, and the Times pointed out that they would be “performing free of charge.”

On Twitter, Dunham explained she would be responding to the criticism by making sure the acts would indeed receive compensation.

She also gave begrudging credit to Gawker:

Gawker’s criticism was simple, consisting of a list of financial information which included statements like “Lena Dunham’s book advance: $3.7 million” and “Total book tour ticket revenue: $304,000.” The final entry on that list? “Number of minutes that Lena Dunham would need to spend writing in order to earn the money that will be paid to the warm-up acts on her upcoming book tour: 0.”

Gawker and Dunham have a history: Gawker published Dunham’s book proposal in December 2012 and removed it after Dunham’s lawyer reached out with her demand that they do so. Not That Kind of Girl is out today.