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Nobody Really Likes @LenaDunham, and Deep Down Inside She Knows It, Too

Posted on | January 12, 2013 | 72 Comments

“It’s a little fat girl . . . and she keeps taking her clothes off and . . . I don’t want to see that. . . . I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on.”
Howard Stern

Maybe you know somebody like Lena Dunham. In a way, it’s hard not to feel sorry for people like her. She’s not really that fat or that ugly, but she just can’t get over the fact that she’s not pretty and skinny.

She can never manage to recover from some deep psychic wound, a sort of juvenile ego-trauma that left her with such a profoundly damaged personality that she spends the rest of her life trying to get revenge against the world for bad things that happened to her years ago.

Anyway, if you know somebody like Lena Dunham, you understand what she’s doing: “I’m fat and ugly and unpopular, but maybe if I add ‘cruel’ and ‘obnoxious’ to the list, I can pretend like people who don’t like me are intimidated by my intelligence and courage.” This isn’t really an effective compensation, but it provides her an excuse — a rationalization, a defense mechanism — she can alternately cling to as a crutch or wield as a weapon, harming others without actually helping herself. The damage is never healed, because her inner feelings of worthlessness are so intense, she scorns as contemptible anyone who wants to help her: “If you like me, there must be something wrong with you.”

All of which is a necessary preamble to the latest manifestation of Lena Dunham’s tendency toward vengeful cruelty: People complained about the lack of diversity on Lena’s Not Very Popular HBO Show, so she decided to bring on a black guy . . . as a Republican villain:

I want to start with the fourth scene of the entire season, which is you, topless …
… on top of Donald Glover.
Having sex.
Which is pretty much a summary of every single thing that people complained about in season one. How conscious was that?
We always wanted to work with Donald — he’s the cutest and the funniest, and why would you not want to kiss him on TV? But I think that when we shot that scene, there was both a feeling that it was the appropriate place for the character to be and a sense that it would, for people who had been paying attention to the backlash, at least evoke some sense that we were in a dialogue with our audience. It definitely wasn’t a “Fuck you, haters!” That’s not really how I tend to roll my game. But at the same time, it was a pretty clear statement that we are comfortable, that there isn’t a political agenda against having black characters in the show.
Why make him a Republican?
We liked the idea of a Republican entering their universe. And Hannah doesn’t really have a clear sense of why you shouldn’t date a Republican; it’s kind of just like the same reason why you shouldn’t date a Nazi: You just shouldn’t.

Real-life black Republican Ali Akbar observes:

Dunham spends a lot of her time associating sex, bad sex, lack of sex, with . . . you guessed it, Republicans. . . .
So to avoid the show looking racist — Dunham creates a black character that she’ll teach her audience to love to hate.

Hey, her ratings might finally beat Honey Boo Boo . . .

UPDATE: Donald Douglas at American Power:

This is interesting because I was just reading about Lena Dunham at the Los Angeles Times, “Review: Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’.”
“Maybe I’ll check it out,” I was thinking to myself.

Don’t bother. It’s just another reason why HBO isn’t worth the premium. If you like watching unhappy women try to cope with their self-loathing, just cue up an old Kathy Griffin special.

UPDATE II: Twitchy:

Did we mention Dunham was named one of 2012’s “Brave Thinkers”?




  • Bob Belvedere

    Are you sure? Let’s ask Mzzzz. Doneham.

  • RichFader

    Question: If nobody really likes her now, just after she helped get Barack Obama re-elected, just how much are they going to hate her once they fully realize what was meant by Barry getting re-elected?

  • Bob Belvedere

    -From Wikipedia:

    …Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter of “overtly sexualized pop art”, and her mother, Laurie Simmons, is a photographer and designer who creates “disquieting domestic tableaux” with dolls….

    -Here’s Daddy-O with one of his ‘art’ creations [NSFW]:

    -Here’s Momsy [some NSFW]:

  • Bob Belvedere

    I would think you, of all people, would enjoy The Borgias, Adj!

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  • K-Bob

    Looks like I’m glad I’m too busy to figure out who this person is. Thanks for saving me the time!

  • K-Bob

    Women become unattractive by being like this lady.

    On the other hand, I’ve seen disfigured or “different” looking women who are far more attractive because they smile, treat people well, and love individual liberty.

  • K-Bob

    parents who raised self-entitled precious-snowflakes and the public school system is how we got the cult of Obama

    Huh. So Obama is like, our “participation” trophy, then. Good call.

  • K-Bob

    Why, it’s almost like a real life Ward and June Cleaver!

  • K-Bob

    Someone has to. Just be glad it’s not your turn.

  • bet0001970

    What breath?

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  • Quartermaster

    Do you think he hates or sumpin’?

  • Wombat_socho


  • rmnixondeceased

    Heh. At least somebody understands!

  • Rob Crawford

    Wait — that doughy longshoreman’s FEMALE?!

  • Rob Crawford

    That pic has been heavily ‘shopped.

  • Rob Crawford

    Naw — she just dresses like one.

  • Passingby

    You mean a liberal like George Clooney? Bratt Pitt?

  • Garym

    After looking at those two items, it is clear this lady has serious daddy and mommy problems.

  • bet0001970

    I never hold my breath Wombat. I’m too busy smoking.

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