For the forthcoming issue of the Hollywood Reporter, Lena Dunham, the mastermind behind Girls, interviews Samantha Bee about her upcoming White House Correspondents' dinner special, and more:

Dunham: This is the first election and the first government where we've started holding celebrities accountable for either speaking or not speaking. ... Jenni [Konner, Girls' co-creator] had to point out to me, "You know, the problem isn't female movie stars who didn't talk about Hillary Clinton. You need to f—ing chill out." But I wonder what you think the responsibility of public figures and entertainers is in a moment like this?

Bee: If you have a platform and there's something that you want to say, certainly you should not be ashamed to say it. It's a gift and an opportunity to be able to reach people with your voice. And I don't think that people should be intimidated by their own opinions, and if they want to speak, I don't think that they should be shamed for that. They will be. Of course. It's not what everyone got in this business for.

Dunham: No. Some people just want to dance.

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