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Lena Dunham Slams Kanye West's 'Famous' Video

Lena Dunham Slams Kanye West's 'Famous' Video

Lena Dunham has taken to her Facebook account to publicly slam Kanye West‘s music video for his song “Famous.”

The video features wax figures of the rapper laying naked in bed alongside such figures as his wife Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Anna Wintour, and more.

“I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having. But guess what? I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f–k that one hurt to look at, I couldn’t look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley,” Lena said. “It makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films.”

Click inside to read Lena Dunham’s full lengthy response to the video…

“Peeking From Between My Fingers: some disjointed thoughts on the ‘Famous’ video

Like many pop culture addicted Americans, I wait with bated breath for what Kanye West will do next. Aside from his Twitter mayhem, he has created some really “next level shit” as the kids would say. I could also happily watch Kim Kardashian West chip the paint off a window ledge for hours and be fascinated. I admire that whole family, love the way they depict women as better in numbers and masters of their own destiny. I’d spend all summer at Kamp Kardashian. But it’s possible to hold two competing thoughts in your mind and the Famous video is one of the more disturbing “artistic” efforts in recent memory.

Let’s break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat… As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined… While Bill Cosby’s crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness… Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.

I was raised in the art world by a dad who painted aggro scenes of sexuality and war and a mom who, ironically enough, has photographed some butt naked life-sized dolls of her own. I live for the nude rabble rousing of Carolee Schneemann and Hannah Wilke, for Kathy Acker’s arty porn, for Paul McCarthy’s gnomes with butt plugs and Vito Acconci masturbating under the gallery floor and Carrie Mae Weems shedding a blinding light on the pleasures and terrors of black womanhood. If it’s been banned, I’ll probably love it. Because I know that art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable. But this feels different.

I’m sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement, that I’m probably being trolled on a super high level. I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having. But guess what? I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (fuck that one hurt to look at, I couldn’t look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films. I hesitated a lot about saying anything cuz I figured the thinkpieces would come pouring in. But I didn’t see this angle being explored as much as I had hoped. It’s weird to feel like you’re watching alone. I bet I’m not.

Here’s the thing, Kanye: you’re cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind! But I can’t watch it, don’t want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.

Y’all, I’m so sick of showing up to the party angry. But at least I brought cake.”

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Photos: Getty
Posted to: Kanye West, Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift

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  • ivvie

    This bitch is so annoying.

  • lala mood

    UGHH I can’t stand her but this is exactly how I felt watching his video.

  • Stefelles

    I don’t like her….but I actually really like this essay and agree with her. She nailed it.

    I’m sure he’s claiming it as art, but it is one hundred percent a cheap attempt at publicity. Look at me and my “statements”. What kind of statement is it to have Bill Cosby in the same bed as his passed out wife and his step father in law? Where’s the art in including Rihanna next to Chris Brown, a man she loved who brutally beat her? It is garbage and a low class, cheap publicity stunt. But hey, he must have learned the ‘how to’ from his wife and her family.

  • Will

    She’s right, Kayne is a piece of dirt who is trying to scare and terrorize a women who wants nothing to do with him. I do hope she can do something legally this is bigger than her this is how women are treated like they are nothing esp. online and nobody says or does a thing to stop or fight it.

  • VanityInsecurity

    I don’t care how anyone feels about Lena, like her or hate her… she’s speaking truth here so respect her that she is strong enough to confront Kanye for the hack that he is.

  • Arx

    Doesn’t Rihanna expose her breast in every video she releases tho? So its alright for women to be naked or not?

  • Stefelles

    What a dumb question to ask? Women choose for themselves if they want to “be naked”. It is not “alright” for someone else to choose for me…

  • Alina

    Says the one who molested her sister? Yeah, I don’t care. Lena is so annoying and such a hypocrite.

  • Roscoe

    This bish is stupid and/or thinks we’re that stupid. She depicts all kinds of depravity in her show and brags about sexually abusing her sister, but she is disturbed by this music video. Sure.

  • Madsxx

    The Chris Brown and Rihanna part was in bad taste.

  • Jess

    She lost me when she mentioned her admiration for the Kardashians.

  • lala mood

    You are missing the whole point of her essay.

  • lala mood

    I think she did that so it didn’t sound like she was completely tearing them apart. lol

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    Shut up Lena.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    She herself has got a lot of vulgar nudity on her own show, and is calling out Kanye West( Who I also don’t like either) for showing naked women and men in his music video?
    Plus Lena is a child molestor, so whatever she says I don’t take in.

  • Ariana-Kaelita

    She is. She has had so many nude scenes on her own show, and her show also has no colored people on it either. She is a pedophile racist!

  • Naynay

    says the one that is naked on pretty much every episode of Girls aka the stupidest show i’ve ever seen on tv, don’t get me wrong I didn’t particularly liked the video (not for the same reasons as her) but how bout you’re a fucking writer or producer or some kinda shit so how bout you don’t criticize the work of another producer/artist and let the public make their own opinion, just cause it’s your stupid ass famewhore friend whose being targeted (which she probably loves cause it puts her back in the spotlight and in the victim position that she loves) doesn’t mean that you have the right to tear down someone’s work especially when you think that the video is inspired by an 20th century paintor who was actually acclaimed for that piece of art so bitch sit down

  • Starlight

    Lena dragged him almost in a nice articulate way while still some what stroking his ego which in my opinion failed to get her point thoroughly across. She should of just made it short and simple by saying that the video was misogynist & vile AF!

  • Torii Wehling

    Lena is right. This suck bag feels entitled to do what ever be thinks makes him more controversial. Not so, he’s just revolting.

  • Dolores

    She is always speaking the truth… Like the time she admitted she sexually abused her younger sister (didn’t spend a day in jail for this, so where is the justice!)

  • Kyle Millert

    There was some major Chris Brown buttcrack on display too but I don’t think anyone is “worried” all teenage boys will grow up thinking they have to shake it to make it or pop Rihanna in the eye to get noticed. Teenage girls are not nearly as stupid as Leah gives them credit for. Sadly the rape culture points are all too real, but the female body is everywhere in media and it’s not men who put it out there the most. Especially on IG which is full of real people, not celebs.

    Even talented and intelligent women (like Leah herself) use their own bodies in every form of media to get attention and endorsements. And mind you they’re not selling those cosmetics, clothes, pop music, romance novels, or HBO tv shows to male audiences nine times out of ten. They’re selling it to other women yet it’s still constantly oversexed even on a woman-to-woman level. I don’t know. I just think the training wheels she thinks women still need to move forward will only hold everybody back. …. Just thinking out loud not trying to offend. Truly.

  • Gina

    This coming from the girl who’s unnecessarily naked in one too many episodes of her show; depicting her body in the most vulgar & disgusting of ways. Have a seat Dunham,

  • AK

    but I’m pretty sure all the people in his video already give him the green light :|

  • LaCroix

    wtf? why bring up something that has nothing to do with Kanye & his creepy video he calls art.. so cus Lena did whatever she did she should never have an opinion on anything? shut the hole in your face.

  • Bob

    Yah, I’m sure Bush was like, “Yah, homie, go ahead and use my naked body! Who is this again and what is it for?”

    Don’t be a fool.

  • Bob

    Way to miss her point entirely. Did you even read her essay?

  • Bob

    Newsflash: Not every talented and intelligent woman uses her body to get attention, and if they do, it’s because they’re making that choice (good or bad) for themselves. They live with the consequences of their own choices. We’re dealing with something entirely different here. We’re talking consent vs. no consent.

    Maybe someone like Taylor Swift doesn’t want this kind of attention drawn to herself. I’d imagine it must be quite devastating to wake up to see your nude likeness splashed all over the Internet, tv, and on large screens for all the masses to see. Nah, they’re celebrities right? ….no feelings. The fear that Lena is talking about in part includes the sick bastards of this world (besides Kanye). How quickly we forget about Christina Grimme and her killer who so badly wanted to be with her and would have handed over all his money for a video like this. Just because that’s not your reality, Kyle, don’t for one second think that was just a one-time unfortunate event. This is the sick world we live in, and Kanye doesn’t have the compassion to think beyond what all of this means for him. $$$$

    So this prick gets to make that decision for these guys and gals…as long as he calls it “art” and uses condescension (anyone who doesn’t “get it” is stupid). This just goes to show how powerful people like Kanye and Trump are….that they can be so popular in a society that teaches children not to bully but to respect and accept one another. Well done, boys. You deserve to be in the same bed, I guess. And don’t get me started on the abusive Chris Brown. Good god.

  • Carolyn Chavez
  • Mapгapитa Бaбoвниковa

    @disqus_tIEOKVHJr7:disqus’s point is that she can’t take hypocrites points of view even when they are speaking a common sense.

  • Jenny from the flop

    No one got time to read all that

  • RainbowCandy

    Feminazi alert, she didn’t even pity the males in the video that just as violate as Taylor Swift.

  • Stefelles

    Don’t forget Cosby. He loves a good scandal.

  • laura

    I’m not sure you did your reading comprehension in school. She explicitly said she isn’t against nudity per se, she is against the exploitation of the female body.

  • devvv

    Actually yes, bc she abused her sister (not “did whatever she did”), she has no room to talk. She says she feels “unsafe and worried for teenage girls” because of this when she’s an actual sex offender and more of threat than a man who created a video featuring wax figures.

  • FrenchGirl

    She was 5 years old or something like it when it happened . Do you want that a 5 years old child spends time in jail ?

  • FrenchGirl

    She was 5 years old or something like it when it happened . Do you want that a 5 years old child spends time in jail ?

  • FrenchGirl

    In my opinion,KW’s video is a homage of Vincent Desiderio’s painting SLEEP with the famous persons who have or had some influences in West’s life
    It is a provocation

  • Slimpie

    “Kanye: you’re cool.” ? Really? It’s one of the sickest people on the planet. Mentaly ill. Don’t know any of his music, hate hiphop/rap. But just look at his face..for longer then 2 secs. His brains are not wired the right way.

  • FrenchGirl

    Lena also misses the point that the video is a homage of a painting named Sleep made by Vincent Desiderio

  • Bob

    Well, in that case… Mind if we use your naked body for the big show then? Don’t answer that because Kanye doesn’t need your permission.

  • greatergood41v

    for those wh got lost, here’s a who’s and who guide to the clip

  • rubie

    Love her…..ignorance is bliss in this country and that’s our biggest problem!! we have the losers who live on Twatter and intantgram, whatever, humanity is reduced to junk that people are trying to pass off as ART, HA, what a joke. I don’t like to read or look at KKKKK, I avoid it as mush as humanly possible, like my mom said, if you ignore it, it will go away…IM WAITING!

  • lala mood

    That still doesn’t make what Kanye did ok. Artists copy from other artists all the time. It certainly doesn’t make the work great or justifiable.

  • VanityInsecurity

    you are so damn delusional.. what Dunham did was NOT considered sexual abuse.. its children being curious.. many kids do it.. she was 7. WTF is Kanye’s excuse for his snuff-film inspired video?

  • LaCroix

    I see that Kanye’s fans are just as creepy & dumb as he is.

  • cedric

    She’s a fat disgusting slob who seem to have an unhealthy obsession with black men. GTFOH.

  • cedric

    More creepy than child abuse? How about her allowing herself to be photographed naked by a known pedaphile? You people are so revoltingly hipocritical. You are effing disgusting just like your idol.

  • cedric

    Kanye doesnt molest children. You must be a child molester yourself (or have no problem with it) if you can defend this degenerate of a female. Now tell me who is creepy here?

  • cedric

    So lets get up to speed. Lena the femnazi gets upset because odell beckham rightfully didnt want to fuck her (and lets face it who the fuck would, we have all seen her nude scenes), she then goes on to rub her repugnant sack of lard self up against Michael B. Jordan. If Jordan behaved that way to her he would be looking at charges but of course troglodytes like you think that is perfectly acceptable. The sow is a sex pest (not surprising considering her father thought painting pictures of vaginas for a living was art) who uses her gender and position to avoid any actions against her.

  • cedric

    With the french “soldiers” behavior towards the children in parts of Africa that your nation still terrorize i am not surprised you will have that attitude.