A Celebrity Struggle: Staying Off Twitter, for Good

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A Celebrity Struggle: Staying Off Twitter, for Good.

For those who missed the comments, Dunham recently sat down for a special hour-long interview with Re/code as she tried to promote her newsletter Lenny. Earlier this year, Lena Dunham revealed that she no longer had Twitter on her phone but did still send tweets to a friend to post on her account. “We gotta create systems that make us feel safe,” she explained at the time. “I don’t look at Twitter anymore.“I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely,” she said in a Re/code podcast interview. “But it really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me.” There are many ways to say goodbye to Twitter.

During the interview Dunham reported that she didn’t know her own Twitter password anymore, letting someone manage the account for her, having been driven from the site by continuous waves of verbal abuse, the most recent example of which, came when Dunham posted a picture of herself wearing her boyfriend’s boxers on Instagram. “I don’t want them seeing a picture of me in my boyfriend’s boxers and then be told I’m obese and anyone who looks like me is repulsive and I deserve to be dragged around and smacked,” she said. Stefan Larsson, global president of Old Navy, will take over as Lauren’s new CEO. [WWD] • Makers of the HBO series “Westworld” have had extras sign consent forms telling them that “graphic sexual situations” may be shot today — and SAG-AFTRA, the actors’ union, will monitor the shoot. [Deadline] Dunham has chosen one of the tamest: asking her team to manage her account and interactions with her 2.81 million followers on the social media platform. In doing so, she joins Ashton Kutcher (with over 17.1 million followers) and other formerly loose-fingered celebrities who have decided that their Twitter presence belongs in more capable hands than their own.

In January 2014, Jezebel, the feminist vertical of the Gawker Media platform, offered $10,000 for unretouched photos of Dunham’s “Vogue” photo shoot before then publishing the images. I think even if you think you can separate yourself from the kind of verbal violence that’s being directed at you, that it creates some really kind of cancerous stuff inside you. Dunham addressed the issue, saying, “I used to read Gawker and Jezebel in college and be like, ‘I can’t wait to get to New York where my people will be to welcome me.’ And it’s like, it’s literally, if I read it, it’s like going back to a husband who beat me in the face – it just doesn’t make any sense.” It’s this statement that’s landed Dunham in a bit of hot water, as some interpreted the statement to be making light of domestic violence, leading Dunham to issue an apology on Instagram, in which she regrets the comparison. Dunham’s interview, conducted alongside frequent collaborator Jenni Konner, took place to promote the pair’s nascent newsletter “Lenny Letter” which comprises a variety of pieces about feminism, politics, style, health, friendship and more.

It’s really complicated.” She said she has spoken with the people at Twitter in the past about blocking people, but at the end of the day, she would rather not know the negative comments people are directing at her. The press push for the newsletter has resulted in several interesting bits of information coming about, such as a separate interview promoting the newsletter in which Dunham mentioned that season six of HBO’s “Girls” may be its last. “Never say never, but that is the way we’re thinking about it right now and we’re starting to think about sort of how to wrap up the storylines of these particular young women.” For me, personally, it was safer to stop.” On Wednesday, Dunham’s account posted two tweets as a follow-up to the comments. “Not that it’s anything to be so proud of, but I do still compose my own tweets,” Dunham wrote. “I still appreciate your time and love, even if I’m not checking my replies.

Nicki Minaj, for instance, deleted her account entirely in 2012 after a feud with one of her own fan sites, but returned to the service just nine days later. She came back, even after writing that “the Internet is the ugliest reflection of man there is.” Many who leave Twitter are provoked by a particular incident. Joss Whedon, the director of “The Avengers” movies and creator of the beloved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” television series amassed a sizable following on Twitter but quit when he decided it was distracting him from his work. If I’m going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place,” he said. “And this is the least quiet place I’ve ever been in my life.” Louis C.K. might be the most recognizable celebrity to stop Tweeting for good. In a radio interview this year, he elaborated on what he disliked about the platform. “Any time I tweeted anything I was like, ‘Ugh don’t like the way that came out.’ And then four and a half million people saw it!

It was the worst things I ever said, heard and seen by the most people.” The actress Megan Fox still has a Twitter account, but has also committed to leaving the platform for good.

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