Lena Dunham is one of those figures (and no pun intended, I’m not talking about her body though lord knows that gets talked about more than her body of work) that really divides people into hate and love. Some start hating and then start loving. Some loved from the beginning. And some just really hate. Some hate so much that they hope she gets cancer. From her twitter:
(It reads “Just an FYI to conservative dudes tweeting hate at me: ‘I hope you get breast cancer’ is way more offensive than anything I’ve ever written.”)
I hope you and your worthless retarded father get cancer and join your stupid [dead] mom. Rot in hell, you whore.
Yeah, breast cancer is just hilarious.
Here are some photos of Ms. Dunham out and about. I don’t know if she’s on set for Girls or if these are just candid shots.
May 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Modcloth, the perpetually quirky clothing website, made a dress called “The Lena Denim” in honor of Girls‘ Lena Dunham. It’s not really as great a tribute as The Birkin Bag (for Jane B) or the Kelly Bag (for Grace K) or even the little LBDs we now commonly associate with Audrey Hepburn‘s Holly Golightly character, but it’s an honor to have a fashion item named after you regardless…right?
Presenting, The Lena Denim dress: “100% cotton. Machine wash. Fabric does not stretch.”
Much like the J. Peterman catalog, Modcloth doesn’t have simple descriptions for their garments — nay. They have “stories.” Here’s “The Story” for The Lena Denim:
Becoming the voice of your generation – or, perhaps, “a” generation – is all about expressing yourself. Why not let your wardrobe in on the fun? When you’re not proving your high-fashion prowess in awards-show-stopping gowns, let this denim design flaunt your free-spirited style with unpretentious perfection. Wear this collared dress atop your coolest short-sleeved graphic tee – the screen-printed portrait of your fave hip-hop star subtly peeking out from above the two stone-brown buttons. Cast a seafoam shoulder bag, black over-the-knee socks, and some lace-up booties alongside this playful piece, and snap a selfie to share with your best girls. Whether it’s with neon mesh marvels or laidback beauties such as this dress, you’re always making a fun, fresh statement! (Modcloth.)
The Lena Denim is available in sizes XS, S, M, and L. It can be yours for $64.99.
March 19, 2013 at 5:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Lisa Lampanelli started some controversy when she tweeted a photo of her with Lena Dunham with the caption, “Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!” Understandably, it pissed off a lot of people. Lampanelli isn’t apologizing either.
Ms. Dunham has remained silent on the entire thing up until now. Which also pissed people off. Writer Shayla Pierce had a lot to say on the subject. She wrote about it on a few blogs and tweeted,
@LenaDunham has showed her true colors on this whole n-word debacle. Her silence speaks volumes. I don’t think I’ll be watching @girlsHBO anymore. And I say that with honest sadness … Lena advertises herself as a progressive but she’s chosen not to address the situation. She seems phony to me now.
(I’d guess the above statement was more than one Tweet.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter,
Dunham responded on Twitter, writing that she would never use the n-word and that Lampanelli’s tweet made her “supremely uncomfortable” but said she stayed silent because “twitter debates breed more twitter debates.”
Perhaps then realizing that’s not a very good response,
She added that “140 characters will never be enough for the kind of dialogue that will actually help us address issues of race and class,” and then commended Pierce for a “beautifully written piece,” apologizing for any discomfort she might have felt.
This seemed to be enough for Pierce who suddenly turned into a 14 year-old girl and responded with,
Thank you so much. And I do <3 you and your work. Thanks for addressing this *hugsies* @lenadunham.
What do you think of Lena’s tweets addressing the subject?
February 23, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Lisa Lampanelli is a comedian in the sense that she stands on stage and shouts “jokes” and presumably gets paid to do so. She’s also been on Celebrity Apprentice, so there’s a rundown of what she actually does. Why are we writing about her instead of ignoring her like usual? Well, she has caused a bit of a kerfuffle this past week when she posted the above photo with the following caption:
“Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls – I love this beyotch!!”
If you just smacked your teeth and started shaking your head, your response is pretty much the rest of the Internet’s, as well, because this (presumably) upper-middle class white woman is trying to appropriate language that is most certainly not for her and she remains ignorant about doing so. Like, lady – that’s not your choice. You could have called Lena your bitch, your homegirl, your twin in annoyance, etc. You do not, however, get to pick words belonging to particular sub-groups and use them in your attempt to be “funny” or down with the kids or whatever the hell this was all about.
Of course, when this was pointed out to her, Lisa relented and apologised for being such an arrogant, presumptuous smacked ass and promised never to do it again. Oh, except she didn’t. Instead, she took to her Twitter to taunt those who were angered by her choice of language and basically told them to get over it:
Glad 2 have given u something other than Alec Baldwin to talk about on my day off! Loving & laughing at it all! Thanks, Twitterverse!
— Lisa Lampanelli (@LisaLampanelli) February 19, 2013
That seems to be a good 1 to end things on. Gotta go. There’s a 6PM show of “Django Unchained.” Have to go C if it’s racist. LOL
— Lisa Lampanelli (@LisaLampanelli) February 19, 2013
She also told The Huffington Post that she used the word “nigga” to mean “friend”. So why didn’t you just call her your friend, then? Listen, I don’t want to open a can of worms here. I’m sure Lisa is totally not a racist – one of her best friends is probably black! – but the blatant disregard for the difference between what you meant and what it means in the world at large is a bit troubling. Also, figures Lena Dunham is in this photo with her/is friends with her. Like attracts like.
February 21, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
I hate Girls and think it’s a terrible show made by a whiny rich girl with no real grip on reality, but the news is slow this morning and Allison Williams is at least slightly better than Lena Dunham (who isn’t, though?), so let’s go with it. Plus, I’m sure many of you think that show’s the bee’s knees and will tell me that in the comments.
In any case, it’s a family affair at the Williams household and during an interview on Anderson Live, Allison admitted that the whole clan comes together to watch Girls, which is way less awkward than you’d think. No, really!
“It’s a unique experience. So far we’ve watched all of the episodes for the first time together. I filmed them, so I know what’s coming and I can prepare them. There have been times when I’m watching with my little brother and I’ve pulled the brim of his baseball cap down.”
I wish I had anything to say about this one, really. I wouldn’t want to watch any sex scenes with my parents, let alone ones I was in, but good for them, I guess?
February 12, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
“[Being a role model] is amazing. It’s an amazing thing and it’s like, it’s a platform that you have to take seriously. Which is why sometimes it’s like I used to be really into Rihanna, that pop star, and then it’s like again, I don’t want to ever throw stones from my glass house, but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna. Like you know, she left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy. … She’s talented. And then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I have a feeling that we’re going to be talking about Lena Dunham a lot this year. I think there’s lots of big, big things that are going to come about because of her and her very special mindset, and I’m excited.