Lena Dunham had some explaining —and apologizing to do! After the Girls star dissed Odell Beckham Jr—-due to her own insecurities! Dunham was interviewing friend Amy Schumer when they discussed the MET Gala and their disdain for the event for Lena’s The Lenny Letter. Lena who was seated with Beckham recalled the event, but added that she felt like she was not up to his standards. AND THE INTERNET WENT IN!
“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. 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*** 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.'”
Well the internet exploded over her comments. Not only did she diss Beckham and imply that he probably thought she was beneath him—But as he used his phone she thought it was to avoid looking at her. She has since apologized!
“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.”
Sometimes when I’m uncomfortable I retreat to my phone—how was Lena to know who Odell felt at that party. Maybe he also felt like an outsider among the fashion elite. Maybe he didn’t care for her or maybe he’s quiet—but it wasn’t for her to assume he thought she was nasty—that’s her own insecurities.
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