Lena Dunham: Kanye West ‘Famous’ Music Video Is “Sickening”

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Lena Dunham Kanye West Famous Music Video

By Andrew Shuster

Lena Dunham Kanye West Famous Music Video

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Lena Dunham slammed Kanye West’s “Famous” music video as “sickening” and “disturbing” in a Facebook post on Monday, noting that the depiction of her friend Taylor Swift as a nude wax figure particularly “hurt to look at.”

As Gossip Cop reported, West’s controversial and shocking new video depicts several celebrities lying naked in bed together. Among the famous wax sculptures are West, Swift, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Amber Rose, Ray J, Bill Cosby, Anna Wintour and George W. Bush. The majority of those portrayed are not believed to have given West permission to use their likeness, and shortly after the footage was released, the rapper even tweeted, “Can somebody sue me already?”

Dunham is now expressing her thoughts on the video. The “Girls” star/creator acknowledged being a big fan of West, who “waits with bated breath for what [he] will do next.” But the rapper’s latest project isn’t sitting well with the actress, who calls the “Famous” video “one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory.” Dunham pointed out the abundance of sexual assault cases that have been in the news of late, adding, “Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.”

The actress acknowledged that she understands “art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable,” but went on to argue that West’s video “feels different.” “I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having,” she wrote. “But guess what? I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f*ck that one hurt to look at, I couldn’t look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts… it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this.”

Dunham concluded her piece by admitting, “Here’s the thing, Kanye: you’re cool.” She added, “Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind! But I can’t watch it, don’t want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.”

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