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Lena Dunham has issued an apology to Odell Beckham Jr. over the comments she made about the NFL star snubbing her at the Met Gala in her Friday Lenny Letter interview with Amy Schumer.
“I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies — as well as false accusations by white women towards black men,” she wrote in a lengthy post on her Instagram account Saturday. “I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know at all … I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ.”
During the candid Q&A with friend Schumer, Dunham and the Inside Amy Schumer star bonded over the mutual discomfort they felt while attending this year’s Met Ball, the annual Costume Institute Gala hosted by Anna Wintour. During the high-fashion event, Dunham was seated next to the New York Giants football player, whom, she has now clarified, she has never met.
“I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” Dunham wrote in the Lenny Letter interview. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”
She continued, “The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f— it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.’ “
The reaction was swift, with many on social media calling out the Girls creator for her insensitive comments.
Dunham attempted to clarify her comments later on Friday in a series of tweets, saying it was not “an assumption” about who he is or “an expectation of sexual attention,” but simply reflected her sense of humor.
The backlash, however, did not quell, prompting Dunham to issue a full-blown apology on Saturday.
Read the full post from her Instagram below.
I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it. Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies — as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena
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