5 Times Lena Dunham Shamed America in 2016

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By Heat Street Staff | 11:03 am, December 21, 2016

Woke celebrity Lena Dunham has been on a roll this year.

From cringing the whole Internet out with the unsavory (and boring) details of her daily life to drawing public ire for her obnoxious comments on social issues, the Girls heroine hasn’t missed one opportunity to embarrass herself in 2016.

Here are 5 times slack-jawed Lena shamed America this year.

1. That time she insulted Odell Beckham Jr

Dunham alienated more than a few of her followers this year after an interview with Amy Schumer for LennyLetter.com, in which she described her experience of sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr.at the Met Ball.

In this self-important (and borderline racist) rant, she explained how she felt rejected by the athlete because of her body weight and masculine outfit.

“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. 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.”

If she initially brushed off her comments as a joke, faced with a barrage of criticism she had to quickly turn around and apologize for what many saw as an insufferable lack of self awareness.

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

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2. That time she documented her descent into alcoholism

Earlier this year, Dunham posted a series of drunken, late-night video ramblings on Instagram, in which the feminist stalwart described herself as “a human wastebasket” after getting through one and a half glasses of wine.

“I’m literally a wastoid,” she says in a video posted via Instagram. “I’m a human wastebasket. I’m wasted. One a half glasses of wine.”

She then launched into a spirited and detailed analysis of her “chic bed outfit” (read: her pajamas.)

One piece of advice for 2017? Stay sober, Lena.

3. That time she hit rock bottom with a vile toilet selfie

The Girls star shocked even her most loyal fans earlier this year when she posted a vile snap of herself posting on the toilet, underwear pulled down.

The photo featured a pouting Dunham slouched on the toilet bowl, presumably flushing away her sorrows about Donald Trump.

Following social media outrage, the celeb fortunately felt compelled to delete the unusual selfie, citing the “kind of world we live in.”

4. That time she set the gun control movement back 50 years

In one of her greatest stroke of insight, professional justice warrior Lena decided that it would be a good idea to remove guns from promotional posters for the Jason Bourne movie starring Matt Damon.

“Hey New Yorkers, what if we do some peeling and get rid of the guns in the Jason Bourne subway ads,” Lena’s producer on Girls Tomi Sagher wrote on Instagram. “So tired of guns.”

Dunham subsequently shared the post, writing “Good idea…Let’s go!!”

Right, because that’s the definitely the best way to stop gun violence?

5. That time she declared never having had an abortion, but wishing she had.

Dunham’s latest? Confessing that she felt guilty about never having an abortion herself given that she’s an outspoken pro-choice advocate — as if having undergone the procedure would give her more street cred when talking about these issues.

“I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had,” Dunham said in the latest episode of her podcast: Women of the Hour.

Unsurprisingly, many people took offense to her comments, saying an abortion is not something people should wish upon themselves.


Waking up to her own myopia, Dunham later admitted that her statement was distasteful. In a lengthy message posted on Instagram, alongside a picture with the word “choice” she explained that the episode ” was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America.” before adding “I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated [in the podcast].”

Perhaps it’s time to take a break from comedy.