American Pushes Back Against Dunham’s ‘Transphobia’ Claim

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On Thursday night, actress Lena Dunham took to social media to scold American Airlines after she allegedly overheard a transphobic conversation between two coworkers. Now, the airline is essentially accusing Dunham of making the story up after its own internal investigation failed to find any evidence that the exchange ever happened.

Dunham kicked off the spat by posting a screenshot of a message she sent American Airlines’ official Twitter account.

“Hi! I heard 2 female attendants walking talking about how trans kids are a trend they’d never accept a trans child and transness is gross,” she wrote. “I think it reflects badly on uniformed employees of your company to have that kind of dialogue going on.”

“What if a trans teen was walking behind them?” she continued. “Awareness starts at home but jobs can set standards of practice. Thanks for your consideration!”

American Airlines quickly responded, asking Dunham to provide the location where the conversation took place and claimed: “We’re passing this along to our team to review.”

The airline also followed up with a statement of its own, insisting that “inclusion and diversity is a way of life at American Airlines” and expressing its desire “to make American a place where people of all generations, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious affiliations and backgrounds feel welcome and valued.”

By Friday, American’s investigation had not turned up anything. “We always look into complaints from customers, but at this time, we are unable to substantiate these allegations,” the company told Fox News.

Dunham also appeared to distance herself from the original story with a follow-up tweet on Thursday morning. “For those who followed my airport saga yesterday, here’s my takeaway: these days it’s the little things. A smile. Offering a seat. Respect.”

In a now-deleted tweet, she added: “We can’t afford to treat each other like cattle when we have a government that does. Being trapped in at the airport filled me with love!”

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