In an interview with Amy Schumer, posted to Lenny Letter (the newsletter Dunham runs with Girls showrunner Jenni Konner) on Friday, Dunham and Schumer discussed this year's Met Gala, which neither of them seemed to enjoy.
The majority of Dunham's comments about the event concerned Beckham Jr.'s seeming disinterest in her.
"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. He was like, 'That's a marshmallow. That's a child. That's a dog,'" Dunham recalled. "It wasn't mean -- he just seemed confused."
"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 back to my cell phone,'" she added.
"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 bowtie," Dunham, who arrived with Konner and J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, stated. "I was like, 'This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.'"
Twitter users were quick to call out Dunham after the newsletter was published, accusing her of perpetuating racist stereotypes about black athletes, and making assumptions about Beckham Jr. without attempting to start a conversation.
Dunham then took to Twitter to defend herself, attempting to clarify her remarks on the NFL star.
"[Beckham Jr.] is talented, stylish, seems super awesome and wasn't into chatting with me at a fancy party. My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes," she wrote through several tweets. "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. Glad the outrage machine roars on though, right @amyshcumer?"