Watch Lena Dunham Call Paul Ryan, Get Pissed When The Voicemail Cuts Her Off

Watch Lena Dunham Call Paul Ryan, Get Pissed When The Voicemail Cuts Her Off

Today in “Insufferable Things Lena Dunham Does,” she calls Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan has a hotline set up where you can leave him voicemails, and Lena Dunham decided to use this to protest Stephen Bannon’s appointment as chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House. While I’m actually in the minority of people who actually like Lena Dunham (it’s our similar jawlines), this was a little far for me.

Leaving a quick v-mail for Paul Ryan. You can too! 202-225-3031 📞

A video posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on

Okay, a few questions. Lena, is this really the most effective way to enact change? For someone like me who doesn’t have a ton of influence in the world, sure, calling that hotline might make sense. But let’s be real – you calling that hotline just makes no sense and is a publicity stunt in all forms of the phrase.

Secondly, did you really think you weren’t going to get cut off? Like, that’s just what happens when you call automated telephone numbers. That’s why things like emails exist – so you don’t get pissed when the outdated technology fails you.

And finally, why’d you turn off your Instagram comments?

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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