Dunham has apologised to the NFL star, after receiving backlash for claiming he had ignored her at the Met Ball because he thought she wasn't attractive enough.
‘Girls’ star Lena Dunham has issued an apology to Odell Beckham Jr for the comments she made about him in the most recent edition of her ‘Lenny Letter'. After receiving backlash online Dunham had attempted to clarify her comments on twitter, but after further criticism she has now issued a personal apology to Beckham Jr.
Dunham had come under fire after saying she sat next to the NFL star at the Met Ball earlier this year and claimed he had ignored her because he didn't deem her attractive enough. During an interview in her ‘Lenny Letter’ with Amy Schumer, Dunham said: “It was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards.
“The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f**k it? Is it wearing a … yep, it's wearing a tuxedo. I'm going to go back to my cell phone.’” She later tried to clarify her story on Twitter, saying: “My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes.”
“It's not an assumption about who he is or an expectation of sexual attention. It's my sense of humor, which has kept me alive for 30 years.” But Dunham’s tweets were not enough and she later posted apology to Beckham Jr on Instagram.
“I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology,” Dunham wrote. “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.”
“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,” she added. “The fact is I don't know about his state of mind (I don't know a lot of things) and I shouldn't have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena.”