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'New Yorker' editor David Remnick defends Lena Dunham's 'dog or Jewish boyfriend' piece

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After Lena Dunham wrote a short humor piece titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz” for The New Yorker, the Anti-Defamation League spoke out against it, calling the article “offensive” and “insensitive.” 

In the faux quiz, Dunham lists a number of statements, and asks readers to guess whether they apply to her dog or her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff.

According to Time, ADL National Chariman Abraham Foxman has accused the piece of evoking “memories of the ‘No Jews or Dogs Allowed’ signs from our own early history in this country.”

In response to the ADL, New Yorker editor David Remnick released this statement Friday:

“Abe Foxman’s statement on behalf of the ADL is curious. The Jewish-comic tradition is rich with the mockery of, and playing with, stereotypes. Has Mr. Foxman never heard Lenny Bruce or Larry David or Sarah Silverman or read ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’? Lena Dunham is a comic voice working in that vein. I don’t mind if Abe Foxman didn’t find the piece funny. People can differ on that, God knows. But this is something else and, considering all the real hatred in the world, Mr. Foxman is, like those who railed at Philip Roth a generation or two ago, howling in the wrong direction.”

Dunham has not yet responded publicly to Foxman or other critics of her piece.