October 22, 2016

Lena Dunham Clarifies Her Comments on Odell Beckham Jr.

After getting accused of ‘sexualizing’ the NFL star with her comments about him, the ‘Girls’ star explains on Twitter that she’s actually talking about her own ‘insecurities.’

Lena Dunham has nothing but love for Odell Beckham Jr. After getting slammed for her “sexist” comments about the NFL star, the “Girls” creator took to Twitter on Friday, September 2 to clarify that she didn’t mean to attack him with her remarks.

As previously reported, Dunham and Amy Schumer discussed the Met Gala in a chat published as part of Lenny Letter. The former recalled that she was seated next to Beckham at last May’s bash, but they didn’t get to talk to each other because he gave her the cold shoulder.

“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,” Dunham told Schumer. “He was like, ‘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**k it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone,’ ” she continued. ” 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.’ ”

In response to the chat, some Twitter users accused Dunham of “sexualizing” Beckham and even called her “narcissist.” “All of Twitter agrees on one thing and one thing alone and that’s that Lena Dunham is terrible,” a user wrote. “Lena Dunham I’mma let you finish and really Girls is a great show that I love, but please stop thinking of Black men in only sexual terms,” another added.

But Dunham quickly set the record straight in a string of tweets, saying that Beckham was “talented, stylish, seems super awesome” but just wasn’t “into chatting with me at a fancy party.”

She went on explaining that her story about the athlete was actually “about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes [and] 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.”

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