You know how people have been pretty obnoxious in the past about Lena Dunham? Well, just last Monday, a certain shock jock radio host joined their ranks and said some pretty horrible things about on the subject of Girls and its creator. Unfortunately, the Howard Stern / Lena Dunham feud was quickly stopped by Stern STFU’ing and apologizing a week later, but we’ll get to that in a moment. First, here’s what he had to say on Dunham:
“It’s a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill and she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like rape. She seems — it’s like — I don’t want to see that. I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on.
“My opinion, if I was a producer on that, I’d say, ‘Honey, you’re a little too close to the project. You need to allow the other characters to breathe a little and let us get invested in them… Good for her. It’s hard for little fat chicks to get anything going.”
Now, I didn’t hear this at the time because if I wanted to listen to a bitter old man rant, I’d — well actually, no, I just never want to hear that, ever. But after Dunham’s big wins Sunday night, Stern apparently decided to eat his patronizing, fat-shaming words for brunch and apologized on-air to her for his rather cruel comments.
“I felt bad… because I really do love the show Girls and enjoy it, and I admire the girl who writes it…So I said to [producer Gary Dell’Abate], would you please contact Lena Dunham and please tell her that I would like to explain myself to her on the air and apologize to her because I do love the show and it makes me feel bad that she is getting the impression that I somehow think she’s just a talentless little fat chick.
It took me a while to get there and all of the sudden I went, ‘This show’s really really funny. I like it.’ I kind of just started liking the show. And I’ve done a whole 360 on the show and I really admire the girl who writes it, and I actually like when she comes on camera…I’m a superfan now. I really love it. I almost went to the premiere the other night.”
Dear Howard Stern: first of all, you moron, doing “a whole 360” means you turned around in a circle. Second, you insulted the woman — she’ll be 27 this spring, it’s time to stop calling her a “girl” — just a week ago, so I have a feeling this whole apology thing is for show since Girls won big the other night.
Look, normally I don’t think that celebrities should give the middle finger by saying how awesome they’re doing, but I’m pretty sure Lena Dunham is presently entitled to do so. It’d be one thing if people were criticizing Girls and she threw ratings in their face, because taste is subjective and lots of shitty shows have amazing ratings (hi, Big Bang Theory). In this case, however, I think she deserves to wave and/or throw her twin Golden Globes in his face.
People have continuously insulted her appearance for no reason other than, shame on her, she decided to make an insanely successful television show on HBO where people including herself get naked. FFS, flipping to that channel and not expecting somebody to hang dong or pop a boob out is like walking into a Forever 21 and pretending you don’t know that ugly neon peplums will immediately be thrust your way. In real life, people — even non-skinny people! — don’t wear their bras in bed or strategically cover up their bits using pretty comforters, and since Girls strives to be (arguably) realistic, it makes sense that Hannah exhibits her body. Which she has. Because everyone has one.
You wanna talk “revenge dresses“? While I wasn’t super fond of Dunham’s gown Sunday evening, I’m pretty sure her golden statue accessories made it about as “in your face” as an outfit can get.