“Girls” star Lena Dunham recently came under fire for some comments she made about Odell Beckham Jr. while interviewing comedian Amy Schumer.
In the interview published on Friday, Sept. 2 on Dunham’s Lenny Letter, the writer-actress and Schumer talked about a variety of topics, including the comedian’s “Girls” audition, politics and the Kurt Metzger controversy. They eventually discussed their terrible experience at the 2016 Met Gala, and Dunham described her interaction with New York Giants star Beckham during the event. She shared that the football star seemed “confused” by her and looked at her like she “was not the shape of a woman by his standards.”
"...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. He was like, 'That's a marshmallow. That's a child. That's a dog.' It wasn't mean—he just seemed confused,” Dunham said, adding, "The vibe was very much like, 'Do I want to f--k 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. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes,’” she wrote of her encounter with Beckham.
Her comments about Beckham, along with her story about attempting to “grind [her] ass on Michael B. Jordan for an additional 20 minutes," got Twitter all fired up, with many noting how her statements seemed to be contrasting her feminist stance. Some also called out Dunham for perpetuating racist stereotypes regarding black athletes.
Later, Dunham took to Twitter to explain the comments, and she clarified that she didn’t intend for her words to be an attack on Beckham’s character.
“[Beckham Jr.] is talented, stylish, seems super awesome and wasn’t into chatting with me at a fancy party. My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes. It’s not an assumption about who he is or an expectation of sexual attention. It’s my sense of humor, which has kept me alive for 30 years. Glad the outrage machine roars on though, right @amyschumer?” she wrote in a series of tweets.
However, Dunham said she won’t stop trying to grind on Jordan any time soon. “I’ll try and dance myself onto @michaelb4jordan if I have the chance, even when I’m a married grandma. I’m a red blooded str8 woman!” she wrote.
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