In a new New York Times profile, Amy Schumer said she and Lena Dunham became good friends after bonding over the mutual hate they received online. Schumer was featured in Dunham’s now-defunct Lenny Letter, which featured a highly criticized conversation between the two of them that was described by many as tone-deaf in the #MeToo era.
“It’s a pretty specific experience,” Dunham told the Times of what they’ve been through, both together and individually. “Most people don’t know what it’s like to open social media in the morning and hear you are physically, socially and politically worthless.”
Dunham also said that Schumer is better equipped to handle the constant criticism.
“She’s titanium, and part of her skill is the ability to make it look easy,” she shared.
Outwardly, Schumer might appear not to care about the incessant hate, but it’s taken its toll.
“I was kind of retreating a bit in general after years of getting beaten down,” Schumer shared, adding that an exchange with famed comedian Dave Chappelle helped her change her attitude. “… Chappelle was like: ‘There’s a lot of love out there for you, Amy. I don’t know why, but I heard it.’”