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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”?




  • DonaldDouglas
  • RMNixon Deceased

    Just who in the Hell are these folks and why should I give a flying f*ck?

  • Quartermaster

    I don’t watch TV as it’s a gross waste of time. I have far more important things like Read “Camp Of The Saints” Or trim my toe nails.

    But, if the pic is of here she’s not bad looking. If women like that couldn’t get a guy to marry them, then about 90% of women would never get married.

    The Tat marks here as an idiot, however.

  • mare

    Lena kind of looks human in that picture. She generally is kind of a vile he/she.

    Strange, someone who thinks they are intellectually/artistically edgy, sure relies on the old, tired trick of nudity and vulgarity to get someone to notice.

  • Bob Belvedere

    It’s always important to read The Camp Of The Saints!

  • Garym

    I’m glad I dropped HBO when I heard they were making the phony Game Change into a movie.
    A premium “pay” channel, that goes out of its way to trash half of the people in this country, just doesn’t make any sense.

  • Mike G.

    We gave up ALL satellite TV two years ago and never looked back. $100 bucks a month to watch reruns of the same old tripe every week was pure B.S.

  • RichFader

    “I have often been called a Nazi, and, although it is unfair, I don’t let it bother me. I don’t let it bother me for one simple reason. No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal.”

    –P. J. O’Rourke, “Give War A Chance”

  • flataffect

    Check out the “art” of Caroll Dunham, Lena’s father, and you’ll start to see the source of her tastes and standards.

  • Roxeanne de Luca

    This chick spends an awful lot of time thinking about bad sex. Maybe she should try married sex, or sex with a guy she loves, or sex with a man who would not want her to kill his child in the womb.

  • Matthew W

    I have to ask “So who is Lena Dunham, and why do I care?”

    Pop culture free for 20 years

  • BLBeamer

    I tried watching an episode of her awful show. Garbage.

    I even tried watching her totally unwatchable movie. Garbage-er.

    I have said it before and I will say it again: she is about as unappealing – in every way – as a woman her age can be.

    Someone on another blog referred to her as “that doughy stevedore” and I can’t top that. Precisely.

  • bet0001970

    Maybe McCain is right. Maybe the problem isn’t her sex life. Maybe the problem is just her. From the little I’ve seen, she seems like one screwed up chick.

    And now she appears to have revealed herself to be a flaming racist. Part of me deeply suspects that democrats never really got over their racist roots. There are just too many of them who let slip racist remarks. There are just too many incidents like this one. And I am not one who believes in cooincidences.

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  • Quartermaster

    You’re falling down on the shameless blog whoring front. You didn’t make the title of your blog a hyperlink. Here I go help you with an endorsement and you render all my efforts nugatory.

  • Quartermaster

    A very wise choice. I have no idea who she is either, and really don’t give a flip. It seems we’re not missing anything.

  • Angie (D)

    Know someone *like* Lena? Dear sir, a generation of people with profoundly damaged personalities is how we got the cult of Obama.

  • Aine

    I didn’t know who this very unappealing girl was until that icky Obama ad. Even now, every time I see it, I just want to scrub in boiling bleach.

  • Beeblebrocs

    They don’t just have racist roots. They have a racist stem, leaves, and seeds. To be a racist is to be a liberal. Pretty much every word out of their mouth is racist is some way.

    Liberals want to demoralize and demean minorities, especially blacks so they sucker them in with a few food stamps and Obamaphones and pretty soon, you have a subjegated voting block.

    Rinse and repeat with the next minority group.

  • PhilipJames

    Lena Dunham is a lesbian… right?

  • Finrod Felagund

    Tina Fey exhibits some of that same kind of attitude.

  • 1389AD

    Rush Limbaugh was right about the reason why feminism was invented: to give unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of life.

    One reason, anyhow.

    The main reason it was invented was to give Marxists an easy way to make inroads upon the mainstream of life.

  • 1389AD

    The tats make her look like a dog’s chew toy that a toddler scribbled on with a ball point pen.

    Somebody who deserves no attention tries to force people to pay attention to her by disrobing.

    Like the stinky old dude wearing a trench coat in the park, nobody wants to see it.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    How friggin true is that. No liberal woman has fantasies about Rob Reiner.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I have watched a few episodes of Girls. It struck me as truthful and depressing. She has pathetic relationships and wonders why. She does explore the dynamic on her show. I saw the episode where she goes back home to Michigan, meets some pharmacist who wants to take her out, she manages to bed him and creep him out in the process, then goes back to NYC to be with a guy who likes to masturbate and be humiliated by her (but when she tries to join him he says it is not about that). That is an interesting pathology…but someone like that really can’t lecture anybody.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I agree about TCOTS. You should read it everytime Bob posts (post more Bob).

  • Matthew W

    What are you??

    Some kind of publicity whore??

    Good for you !!!

    BACONTIME !!!!!!

  • Adjoran

    This is a Free Trial Weekend for HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime on DirecTV. As with prior such freebies, I have to shake my head. A bunch of old recycled movies and stupid original content.

    It’s not a ad for new subscribers, it’s a warning.

    That anyone in a position of power as a producer, executive, or critic sees this poor wretched child as talented demonstrates the utter desert into which our culture has devolved.

  • Rebecca Leigh Randolph

    I used to think she was a lesbian….she’s butch and goes about life with a chip on her shoulder…..nasty bitch

  • bet0001970

    You’re dead. Stop typing.

  • bet0001970

    Actually, parents who raised self-entitled precious-snowflakes and the public school system is how we got the cult of Obama. But, I’d be willing to include “profoundly damaged personalities” along with psychopathy, as an end result of the aforementioned causes.

    Welcome to the “ME” and “FREE” generation, folks. As that author from Pravda recently wrote, don’t give up your guns. It isn’t the government we’re gonna need protection from. It’s those sociopathic brats. They’re “legion” after all.

  • Angie (D)

    Psychopathy is a profoundly damaged personality disorder.

    But we’re both getting to the same end, I just think they way these special little snowflakes were raised and the damaged personality disorders they manifest are related. IOW, I posit that one led to the other — these precious snowflakes were taught to think only of themselves, to expect the world to lay rose petals at their feet by virtue of their existence and to never, ever have personal responsibility for their actions and — what do you know — they grew up to be narcissistic sociopaths.

    God help us all.

  • Delaney Coffer

    She’s sorta cute. I’m sure she’s doing the best she knows how. Hating and loving all the right things.

  • rmnixondeceased

    “I didn’t ask to be born, thus you have to support me in the way I DESERVE to live.”
    Go ahead special snowflake, kill yourself before it’s too late and reality sets in.

  • rmnixondeceased

    I don’t type, I miracle these words into the intertubz by psychic angst. And an Apple.

  • rmnixondeceased

    I really miss bacon …

  • Freddie Sykes

    Hey, if you are paying for cable, you are supporting Lena financially. I only use cable as my ISP and landline telephone but I get my entertainment by individually selecting the shows I want to watch from the Web.

  • McGehee

    If you like watching unhappy women try to cope with their self-loathing,

    …watch C-SPAN coverage of congressional speeches.

  • McGehee

    I’d never have known she existed if she hadn’t done that stupid “voting is like sex” video during last year’s campaign. The high point of all that was this tweet by Ben Domenech.

  • McGehee

    HBO doesn’t even appear on my TiVo tuner. By choice.

  • Eric Ashley

    It’s not an ad for new subscribers, it’s a warning.

    That is going to leave a mark.

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  • bet0001970

    Exactly! And who caters to their self-indulging, ME-FREE, no responsiblity, wants and desires? The cult of Obama.

    I think we’ve just come full circle, Angie. We should write a book.

  • bet0001970

    I’m eating some right now, dead man. Soooo delicious.

  • bet0001970

    For a minute there, I thought you were gonna say watch Rachael Maddow or something.

  • rmnixondeceased

    Bet you I can hold my breath longer.

  • Wombat_socho

    It all reminds me of the demotivational poster that says, “Remember, the one constant in all your unsuccessful relationships is YOU.”

  • Bob Belvedere

    I though you meant the great book by Jean Raspail – people should read it [don’t believe the Leftist and Quisling hype: it’s not raaaaacist].

  • Bob Belvedere

    Her body ain’t that bad – it ain’t that great – but it’s the intent that counts and her’s is just childish.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Showtime has better things like The Tudors and The Borgias.