By Josh Stillman
Updated October 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM EDT
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Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and B.J. Novak are all best friends, natch. So of course they would plan their Halloween costumes together:

The West Memphis Three – a group of young men in Arkansas wrongfully convicted of murders – may be an odd choice of costume, but hey, these are comedians after all, and what is comedy if not tragedy plus time. Novak fired back:

Dunham followed up with a suggestion of her own:

Here’s the gist of the reference: Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka were a Canadian couple convicted of serial rapes and murders in the early 1990s. The case remains a blemish on Canada’s reputation and is, understandably, still a pretty touchy issue there. Dunham’s remark elicited an internet backlash and prompted the Girls star to apologize. Profusely.

And now we can breathe again. After officially re-convincing the world that she is a compassionate individual and not a soulless hate-monger, Dunham returns to what she does best: being Lena Dunham.

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