Lena Dunham Apologizes for Comparing Gawker to an Abusive Husband

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Lena Dunham Apologizes for Comparing Gawker to an Abusive Husband.

Lena Dunham has spoken out before about her abusive relationship with Twitter, and on a recent podcast with Kara Swisher, the controversial “Girls” co-creator explained that the environment online has gotten so toxic that she now uses someone else to Tweet for her. “I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, and so I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely, but it really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me,” Dunham told Swisher. The 29-year-old described being bombarded by misogynistic comments after posting a photograph of herself in her boyfriend’s underwear on Instagram during a discussion on Re/Code Radio. “It turned into the most rabid, disgusting comments about my body, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon,” she recalled. The Girls star/creator explained that she doesn’t run her own Twitter account after being body-shamed and discussed the media gossip site Gawker and feminist blog Jezebel, which Dunham slammed in February for offering $10,000 for un-retouched photos from her Vogue shoot and then publishing the images. “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,” she told Re/code.

So when season six does happen it will focus on wrapping up the ongoing storylines of the various characters. “Never say never, but that is the way that 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,” Dunham told US station Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. “I started working on this show when I was 23, and now I’m going to be 30 so it kind of feels right that this show kind of sandwiched my 20s and then I go off into the world.” She has previously spoken about how she prefers the British model of short series rather than the US networks’ tendency to allow series to run and run. Dunham praised the approach taken by the classicist Mary Beard, who responded to trolls on Twitter and even met one for lunch to discuss what motivated them to send abusive tweets, but said she did not have the energy to do the same. “I tweet, but I do it through someone else,” she explained. “I don’t have any access to [my account]. In a recent interview I compared reading certain websites that have repeatedly insulted me to returning to a physically abusive husband again and again.

When I heard my own quote I was like “Jesus, Lena, no.” I wasn’t making a joke about domestic violence–I was over emphatic in my attempt to capture how damaging the Internet can be (not just to celebrities.) When I first discovered the world wide web as a teenager it felt like salvation. I am certainly no self-help guru but here is what I know tonight: when you take the time and space you need, kindly and responsibly, you’re suddenly available to the people you love in a whole new way. There is no other answer (except Calvins… Nothing gets between us.) The creator and star of hit show Girls has admitted she’s stopped using Twitter completely after being subjected to an onslaught of horrendous abuse. The actress, who is dating guitarist Jack Antonoff (a member of the band Fun), says being constantly exposed to such negativity can create ‘cancerous stuff inside you’.

But I regret that earlier comparison because it doesn’t accurately describe the condition of being attacked online AND it appears to make light of domestic violence, which ain’t my style. Lena wasn’t prepared for the reaction the seemingly non-offensive snap received and worries about the impact some of the comments could have on her fans. ‘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 added.

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