Lena Dunham Apologizes To Odell Beckham Jr.
Lena Dunham is apologizing to Odell Beckham Jr. for comments she made about him in an interview. See statement below.
On Friday Dunham’s Lenny newsletter published a Q&A she did with Amy Schumer. During the chat, the two women discussed their mutual disdain for the Met Gala, which they both attended earlier this year. At one point, Dunham said:
“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*ck 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.’”
Dunham was subsequently blasted on social media for making negative and offensive judgments about Beckham, and she originally defended her remarks. She tweeted on Friday evening, “.@OBJ_3 is talented, stylish, seems super awesome and wasn’t into chatting with me at a fancy party. My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes.”
The “Girls” creator insisted, “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.” She even added, “Glad the outrage machine roars on though, right @amyschumer?” But now on Saturday afternoon, Dunham has apparently realized the controversy is not the result of the “outrage machine,” but her own poorly-worded remarks.
In a statement posted to both Twitter and Instagram, she now says, “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,” Dunham continued. “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.”
She went on, “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.”
On Instagram, Dunham’s apology was accompanied by a photo of a neon sign saying, “Sorry Flowers die.” For his part, Beckham has not publicly commented at all.