In a chat with standup-comedian Amy Schumer on 2 September, celebrity white feminist Lena Dunham spoke about a conversation she had with herself during an event she attended earlier this year. Yes.
But it gets better.
Dunham narrated to Schumer how she found herself sitting next to Odell Beckham Junior, an African-American NFL star, at the MET gala in May.
She said Beckham sat right next to her the entire evening and didn’t say a word, actions which she interpreted as disinterest in her because she was not the hyper-feminine (she was reportedly dressed in a tuxedo), conventionally attractive, slim white woman that characterises the beauty industry.
Odell Beckham Jr: *Sits down and exists quietly*
Lena Dunham: pic.twitter.com/ABOf3Ntvfw
— DellWithTheDopePlays (@theori) September 2, 2016
Dunham, quoted in LennyLetter.com, said that, “it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. He was like, That’s’ a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog…’ The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to fuck it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’
lena dunham’s Professor X like ability to read minds is just another example of white privilege
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) September 2, 2016
Maybe Odell Beckham Jr had watched an episode of Girls and assumed Lena Dunham doesn’t talk to black people
— Petty Friedan (@jneslo) September 2, 2016
Lena Dunham just really tried to slam Odell Beckham jr. Over a conversation she had with herself in her head 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) September 2, 2016
Not that I am averse to voices in my head. But really, could you be more racist in assuming that a black man’s only interest in you would be sexual, and that a lack of interest in talking to you meant he didn’t find you sexually appealing?
As if black men aren’t hypersexualised enough in the media and society. This kind of thinking is what created the dangerous association of black men being rapists who “can’t control themselves” around white women. In fact, this is precisely the kind of thinking that got black men lynched.
— Seamus (@seamus1987) September 3, 2016
Besides the blatant racism, it also exposes Dunham’s continued inability to understand consent.
Accused of molesting her sister when they were children, Dunham still seems to think that as long as she agrees to sexual interactions, everything’s a-okay. Even if Beckham didn’t have a girlfriend, and even if he had spoken to her, that does not mean he consented to anything sexual.
not surprising that an entitled white woman like Lena Dunham has learned nothing about consent and how she’s responsible for it too
— farwz (@farwzaz) September 3, 2016
She later issued an apology on Instagram, but it wasn’t really an apology and basically blamed Beckham for her thoughts and turned the situation around to focus on her weight and face again.
If only she realised no one cares about how attractive she is; we care what she says. Actually we don’t. But we care when it is damaging.
RT if you would ignore Lena Dunham too if she was in your presence for your own sanity
— Chai Goth (@Abid_ism) September 2, 2016
Dunham is considered to be one of the biggest “feminists” in the media today, but her specific brand of feminism is very clearly anti-black, ambiguous on consent and centred on white women.
In other words, she is White Feminism.
White Feminism and its adherents, which include others like Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence, are dangerous because of the lack of intersectionality and attention to women who are not white, educated, middle-class and areligious. In other words – white feminism only ends up alienating most women, leading them into thinking that feminism isn’t for them.
Feminists like Dunham need to understand that they aren’t the focus of the world’s attention, they can’t be playing games with people’s lives and livelihoods in the name of comedy or insecurity. White Feminism is dangerous to the rest of us, we aren’t bodies to fight the white women’s war.
Noticing a pattern illuminated by #Lena Dunham …message out/face backlash/pull back. But damage is done. That’s the problem…
— (((Jen Davis))) (@messyhandstudio) September 4, 2016