White Men Can't Understand

White Men Can't Understand

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Updated Oct 23, 2017 at 01:37AM EDT by Y F.

Added Oct 20, 2017 at 11:39AM EDT by Don.

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"White Men Can't Understand" is an image macro series mocking a statement uttered by actress Lena Dunham during a 2016 interview[6] regarding attacks on Hillary Clinton during him presidential campaign.


On April 9th, 2016, Page Six[1] published an interview with Dunham titled "Lena Dunham reaffirms her love for Hillary," in which she claimed other white male presidential candidates were unable to understand what it was like to be attacked as a woman.

“The other candidates are white men and they cannot understand, even if they can understand it intellectually . . . for what it’s like to be under that kind of attack, and I’m so impressed by the way she continues to soldier forth.”

On April 26th, 2017, the Turning Point USA Twitter feed posted a picture of Dunham captioned with "White men can't understand what it's like to be under attack," followed by a picture of an injured man wearing a "Make America Great Again" shirt (shown below).[3]

Meme of Lena Dunham about when men can't understand what it is like to be under attack, with man who has been under attack photo


On May 14th, 2017, Redditor Miichaelstevens posted the same Dunham image followed by a photograph of United States military carrying a wounded soldier (shown below, left). Within five months, the post gathered upwards of 4,900 points (83% upvoted) and 290 comments on /r/MensRights.[4] On June 18th, Dunham reposted a version of the image with the message "Spam 'White Men Are Gods' On Her Racist Page" to Instagram,[5] adding "I guarantee your wives hate you" (shown below, right).

Lena Dunham meme about white men now knowing what it is to be under attack and military carrying wounded photo meme against Lena Dunham dismissing her view point as seeing white men as gods on her page

On October 20th, 2017, Redditor pslessard followed by a picture of the Normandy landings in World War II (shown below, left). Within 24 hours, the post gained over 29,700 points (69% upvoted) and 1,200 comments. That day, several other variations of the image macro reached the frontpage of /r/dankmemes (shown below, middle, right).

Lena Dunham meme D-day but white men don't know what it is like to be under attack lena dunham meme example about white men not understanding being under attack goofy meme about Lena Dunham's comment of white men not knowing being under attack with white man fighting off skeletons with a sword

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