Tessa Thompson Backtracks Her Statement on Lena Dunham's Time's Up Photo
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'I regret that my words were misinterpreted to distract from the most important thing: The Time's Up campaign is for everyone, in all capacities,' the 'Thor: Ragnarok' star says on Twitter.

AceShowbiz - %cTessa Thompson% takes to her Twitter to clarify her recent statement about %cLena Dunham%'s participation in Time's Up initiative against sexual harassment ahead of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. The "Thor: Ragnarok" actress, who previously claimed that Lena wasn't involved in Time's Up movement, revealed on Twitter that she "sometimes lack finesse in navigating social media."

Tessa wrote on the Tuesday, January 9 post, "A response I made to comments on an Instagram post became fodder for a piece that I believe was designed to create conflict where there isn't any. It's perhaps more complex than that."

The 34-year-old actor continued, "But I, in no way, want to diminish Lena Dunham and her work, her voice, and her importance. We have spoken and she knows my heart. I feel a responsibility to women that have sometimes felt ignored, dismissed and underrepresented. They are my beacons."

"I regret that my words were misinterpreted to distract from the most important thing: The Time's Up campaign is for everyone, in all capacities, contributions big and small," Tessa said. "It doesn't belong to any one. It is for us all. The beauty of this huge collaboration has been a group of countless committed people who have come together for a shared purpose. To create change. And it is such a powerful thing. I stand, humbled, with everyone involved. Linked not ranked."

Tessa later further explained in a separate tweet that "this was not meant as an apology." She added, "As much as an attempt to re-center the conversation around the work. The truth remains: Many women, particularly women of color, don't feel safe and seen. To those women, like Aurora Perrineau--I see you. I am with you. This must be clear."

Previously, both Tessa and Lena were featured in a photo alongside other celebrities to promote Time's Up. People quickly called out Lena who was criticized after defending friend and "Girls" writer Murray Miller, who was accused of raping underage actress Aurora Perrinea. The "Girls" star also accused Aurora of lying.

Responding to a user who questioned Lena's presence despite the controversy, Tessa wrote in the now-deleted Instagram post, "Lena was not anywhere present in our group during the countless hours of work for the last two months. We hosted an open house for the actresses for red carpet messaging and Lena's presence was a surprise to us all."

She continued, "This is a time of reckoning. And for many, a re-education. So many women also have real work to do. I'm afraid it's too nuanced a conversation to have on this platform. But I hear you, and know that your thoughts and words are not lost on me. It's been discussed."

Through her rep, Lena stated that she "was honored to be invited to the meeting by a close friend and to observe the work that these amazing women have been doing the past few months." The actress went on saying, "For highly personal reasons, I've been unable to join previous efforts but being asked to be a part of this celebratory moment was truly beautiful. I've worked with Tessa and respect her artistry and admire her consistent candor."

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