Lena Dunham is attempting to put herself in check after Twitter united to collectively drag her over her comments about Odell Beckham Jr.
Dunham shared a bizarre rant about meeting Beckham at this year’s Met Gala. She claimed that the 23-year-old NFL player wasn’t interested in her because he wouldn’t get off his phone.
To be clear, Dunham’s theory had zero basis in reality, but she shared it with Amy Schumer and published the transcript in her newsletter:
“I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”
“The vibe was very much like, “Do I want to f*ck it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone. It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie.”
She eventually tried to brush the whole thing off as a joke, but failed to calm the Twitter slander. In fact, the Girls creator’s demand for acknowledgement backfired so spectacularly that it can only be described as poetic.
pretty sure I’d ignore Lena Dunham to check my Instagram too.
— OHB (@ohholybutt) September 2, 2016
Lena Dunham’s defense “jk!!!” is all kinds of lame. But she can read Black minds so she already knows that.
— (((Touré))) (@Toure) September 2, 2016
Lena Dunham said something stupid for attention. A day that ends in y.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 3, 2016
If anything Lena Dunham roasted herself when she made the marshmallow comment…
— Woof Blitzer (@I_Exude_Sarcasm) September 3, 2016
Men and women of all colors, ages, and creeds are united in their disdain for Lena Dunham — it’s really quite beautiful
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) September 3, 2016
I swear…every time Lena Dunham trends..I just think of all of my turned down TV pitches…& realize if I was a mediocre white woman…nvm
— Yesha (@YeshaCallahan) September 2, 2016
Lena Dunham is so annoying.
— Johnny Boy ? (@JohnTheFame) September 3, 2016
Be like Odell Beckham. Ignore Lena Dunham.
— Ol’ QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) September 2, 2016
After the social media read, Dunham circled back with a lengthy mea culpa posted to Instagram Saturday (Sept. 3)
“I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology,” she wrote. “Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage.”
Read the full post below.
I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it. Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena