All jokes aside, Dunham had some sweet things to say about Ferrera's friendship, which she said changed her life. "She has galvanized me politically. She has motivated me personally," Dunham said. "She has taught me more just through the way that she lives in the world than 18 years of private education ever did."
If that wasn't enough, Dunham made it clear Ferrera, "the ideal freedom fighter," would be "wasting her talents is she doesn't both direct a Best Picture nominee and run for office." No pressure, America, no pressure at all.
"Anything I ever did for the rights of this community I did because I believe — with every fiber of my being — that my liberation is bound up in the liberation of my LGBTQ brothers and sisters," she said. "And in the liberation of my black brothers and sisters, and in the liberation of immigrants, and refugees, and Muslims, and Sikhs, and women all over the world, and the incarcerated, and the criminalized, and the uneducated, and the poor, and the hungry, and, and, and, and, and."
Was so proud to present my friend, my sister, my hero @americaferrera with the HRC Ally for Equality Award last night. She deserves every freaking prize the world has to offer because someday she will save us all. It's SO like me to go str8 for the lips 👄 And it's so like America to make me feel safe by kissing me BACK 🙏 pic by @gilbertfloresphoto (side note: moving from my Ariana Grande sensuality phase to my Lana Del Rey Americana moment #shawls #bighairbigdreams. Meanwhile, America is serving full Kate Winslet in Titanic 😍)
What she did know, though, was that the "loudest voice in the room or on your TV set" isn't always the right one, a jab at the current president, perhaps? It's that small voice, in Perry's opinion, that pushes you to "discover who you are is a trusted friend."