Lena Dunham was on the cover of Vogue and lady blog, Jezebel, freaked out and asked for $10,000 to see the untouched photos. The untouched photos surfaced and it turns out that Ms. Dunham wasn’t really photoshopped all that much. Jezebel was left looking like total douchebags. She talked about the saga here but now she’s being a little more free with her feelings — and word choices, going so far as to call what Jezebel did “messed up” (and rightly so).
From Grantland via USA Today:
That [the $10,000 bid] was messed up. I think Jezebel can be really smart and funny. I think … it’s hard to enjoy once you feel like they’ve made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism.
It was the most minimal retouching. I felt completely respected by Vogue. I felt like, ‘Thank you for removing the one line from my face because I’m 27 years old and shouldn’t have that there. I appreciate this.’
Instead of going like, ‘Hey, we [Jezebel] kind of (expletive) up. These pictures are not that (retouched). Lena, enjoy the Vogue spread you’ve been excited about since you were 8 years old.’ They were was like, ‘She’s not retouched, but she could have been.’ It was this weird, almost like political maneuvering that I just had a lot of trouble respecting.
Way to go, Jezebel. Nice one. You’ve done so much good and have put such great writing out there, I still don’t get why you did this.
I’m not a huge fan of Ms. Dunham or anything, but I think her response is excellent and I’m on her side. What Jezebel did was, indeed, “messed up” even if they had good intentions, and I doubt they did.
What do you think?
February 22, 2014 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
In case you’ve missed the saga that’s swept the Internet this past week, “feminist” website Jezebel (I put that in quotes for a reason) decided last week to put a $10,000 bounty out for images of Lena Dunham from her Vogue cover shoot that hadn’t been retouched. Of course, someone sent those photos over and Jezebel posted them, admitting themselves that not too many changes were made, but still pointing out each and every one. The whole thing felt in poor taste, and commenters on the website – most of whom were previously staunch supporters of their material – lashed out. After all, the whole issue seemed to be more about a personal attack on Lena Dunham’s appearance rather than anything about the hypocritical media, blah blah blah.
Of course, Jezebel has been beating a dead horse and just won’t stop posting about it. Even when their readership is telling them how distasteful it is, even when Lena Dunham herself has even spoken out saying that she actually LIKES how she looks in Vogue and thinks the point is that they’re embracing a less than typical cover star.
She told Slate:
I understand that for people there is a contradiction between what I do and being on the cover of Vogue; but frankly I really don’t know what the photoshopping situation is, I can’t look at myself really objectively in that way. I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover. I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all the editors understood my persona, my creativity and who I am. I haven’t been keeping track of all the reactions, but I know some people have been very angry about the cover and that confuses me a little. I don’t understand why, photoshop or no, having a woman who is different than the typical Vogue cover girl, could be a bad thing.
A fashion magazine is like a beautiful fantasy. Vogue isn’t the place that we go to look at realistic women, Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism and so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what’s the problem? If they want to see what I really look like go watch the show that I make every single week.
Well, if the woman herself is okay with it – and Jezebel’s bone to pick wasn’t much of a bone at all as can be seen in the comparison photos – shouldn’t this whole thing be over? Shouldn’t Jezebel admit that maybe they got a little carried away and never meant to personally attack Lena Dunham? I’m no Lena fan, but I am staunchly on her side about this one. Continuing to insist that Lena Dunham must have been heavily retouched by Vogue is insinuating that she must NEED retouching, because she’s just that imperfect and needs help to look okay. That doesn’t seem like much of a feminist stance at all, if you ask me.
Of course, an apology doesn’t seem to be coming at all from Jezebel. They just keep spinning the same issue into more and more stories. Now it’s not about Lena Dunham being Photoshopped by Vogue, it’s about how all magazines airbrush all women. It’s a bit of a silly way to try and spin this and get out of what has turned into a major disaster, and one readers are slightly too clever for.
January 19, 2014 at 7:25 am by Jennifer
The Golden Globes happened last night and man, what a trainwreck! People were drunk and cursing all over the place. And Clooney wasn’t even there.
But you know what was there? The best, worst, and most WTF celebrity fashion had to offer. Let’s take a look through all these GG outfits and pick out which ones were deserving of BEST, WORST, and WTF.
January 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Shia LaBeouf is a douche, hands down. Lena Dunham isn’t my favorite person either, but Shia really is the worst. Mr. LaBeouf has had a problem with plagiarism in the past, and he’s still doing it. He directed a short, HowardCantour.com, that was lifted from Daniel Clowe’s graphic novel, Justin M. Damiano. It’s not just that he stole the idea from the book or borrowed a line; people are saying he ripped it off “word for word.”
And then when he apologized to Mr. Clowe, that was also plagiarized. (Digital Spy reports that it was a modified version of a speech given from UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.)
His latest apology stint is getting a skywriter to write “I’m sorry Daniel Clowes” across the sky.
So where does Lena Dunham come into this? She tweeted,
I’ve always felt, utterly and unchangeably, that only sociopaths hire skywriters.
I mean that’s awfully specific but it’s funny and screw Shia, so I’ll allow it. His response (via Twitter):
I don’t mind creating debate with thoroughly considered artistic expressions but I don’t want to offend with a tweet. Sorry world.
I’m addicted to lean & that shit ain’t no joke. I can barely remember all the things I’ve done & said. However there’s no excuse 4 skywriting.
Uh, okay. Ms. Dunham tweeted back to the former Even Stevens star,
Vaguely recognized Shia LaBeouf’s latest twitter apology and realized it was MINE! Touché, Louis Stevens.
(I’m guessing she’s referring to his first tweet, not the one about “no excuse 4 skywriting.”)
Is there a side worth being on here? I’ll go with Dunham, because LaBeouf is a little shit.
January 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Did anyone watch the YouTube Awards last night? They weren’t all that widely promoted online (I don’t think so, anyway) and I wouldn’t have even known they were on if it weren’t for people talking about what a hot mess they were on Twitter. And indeed, they were DEFINITELY a hot mess. While some big stars did take part in the event, it all seemed off-kilter and not quite right. Plus, you know an event is fucking bizarre when Lady GaGa is the most normal thing about it.
Some prizes were given out, of course (it is an awards show, after all); Eminem took Artist of the Year (HOW?), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were named the YouTube Breakthroughs and Taylor Swift grabbed the YouTube Phenomenon award for ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. All in all, it was pretty underwhelming and totally unnecessary. Plus, a large part of it was scripted by Lena Dunham, who makes me want to jump from the roof of a very tall building and also explains a lot of why it was such a bizarre night.
Check out some red carpet photos from the YouTube Awards arrivals below. Did you watch the stream? Is it just another bullshit ceremony? (Yes.)
November 4, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
2013 Emmy Awards have come and gone and a few people cared. This post is for you. Let’s take a look at the best, worst, and WTF of 2013 Emmy fashion. I know Lena Dunham’s outfit is bound to get a few people talking.