'Girls' star Lena Dunham apologizes for Karla Homolka joke
Lena Dunham arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss / Invision)
Published Thursday, October 18, 2012 12:08PM EDT
TORONTO -- "Girls" star Lena Dunham is apologizing for making a Paul Bernardo joke on Twitter that drew immediate fire from Canadian fans.
The 26-year-old HBO phenom suggested she and her celebrity friends dress up as Bernardo, Karla Homolka and one of their victims for Halloween.
She said in a Tweet to fellow comics Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak: "You guys go as killer Canadian couple Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka. I'll be her sister they murdered."
Fans complained online and even the lawyer for Bernardo's victims weighed in when contacted by a Toronto reporter, saying Dunham "crossed that line."
Dunham is now apologizing, saying in a followup Tweet: "Obviously didn't understand what a painful part of the Canadian identity the Bernardo/Homolka case was."
Dunham has 387,579 followers on Twitter.