Lena Dunham Apologizes for Comparing Gawker to an Abusive Husband

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Never say never!’ Lena Dunham confirms sixth season of Girls will be the last… but leaves the door open for show to return.

Dunham, 29, made the analogy during a Re/code interview published Tuesday to promote her newsletter Lenny. 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.’Never say never, but that is the way that we’re thinking about it right now,’ Dunham told Elvis Duran on Tuesday, as reported by the Huffington Post. 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.

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]. The Emmy Award-winning hit show will air its fifth season this January and the 29-year-old actress said they are already looking at the sixth season as their last. In a recent interview I compared reading certain websites that have repeatedly insulted me to returning to a physically abusive husband again and again. While this chapter may be closing Dunham is already working on her next project as she released a free weekly feminist newsletter that includes advice and personal essays as a guide to the modern woman called Lenny Letter.

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 still like the format as just a way to express ideas and 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. “I think that even if you think you can separate yourself from the verbal violence that is being directed at you, it creates some really cancerous stuff inside you, even if you think ‘Oh I can read 10 mentions that say I should be stoned to death, and laugh and move on’, those aren’t words that should be directed at you. 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 would received and worried about the impact some of the comments would 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. The star still receives a huge amount of abuse on her Instagram page every time she posts a picture, but says she prefers the service as it’s more immediate and she doesn’t read the comments any more.

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