Following his quasi-apology to Lena Dunham this past Monday for the things he said about her TV show (but not her body), Howard Stern had Lena Dunham on his radio show today so they could further discuss the things they like about one another.
As previously reported, Stern has completely reversed his opinion on Girls after watching more of it. “I realize: not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I’m in love with you and your character,” he said. Because Howard Stern can totally identify with being a narcissist who says awkward/selfish/horrid things for attention, then whines about how persecuted he is when people get pissed off. (I’m comparing him to Hannah Horvath here, so calm down.) He continued: “It’s not about apologizing, although I want to say I’m a fan of yours. … I love you and I think you’re terrific.”
For Lena’s part, she was totally not mad at him for calling her fat and her show terrible, as she is “a big fan of your particular brand of free speech.” You know, the kind where dudes make mean and/or creepy comments about women’s bodies and no one can tell them to knock it off because THIS IS AMERICA, DAMMIT.
She did, however, take issue with how non-descriptive the word “fat” was with reference to her body. “I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit,” she said. Detroit is the fattest, amirite? Reaching deep into his well of kindness, Howard allowed that she’s “not obese or anything,” but Lena sensed his robot brain was about to explode, so she quickly reassured him, “I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort to rectify [this], but whether you’d done that or not, I’d have remained a [Howard Stern] enthusiast.”
Takeaway: Howard Stern can say whatever he wants about Lena Dunham’s body and she will still like him, because freedom. Also, she is not obese.
Next they talked about the racial controversy surrounding the whitey whitey white white first season of Girls, and Lena said something conciliatory but non-committal:
“It’s a conversation that needs to happen. I’m glad to take one for the team.”
Glad that’s settled! Microphones wet with the results of this circular masturbation session, they both decided to call it a day.