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Lena Dunham Apologizes to Odell Beckham Jr., Clarifies Her 'Narcissistic' Comments After Twitter Backlash

by Jennifer Drysdale 3:15 PM PDT, September 03, 2016
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Lena Dunham is attempting to set this record straight.

The Girls star took to Twitter on Friday to address criticism about her recent comments regarding the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at the 2016 Met Ball.

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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.

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"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.'"

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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.

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"[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?"

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Dunham also apologized, stating that she made "totally narcissistic assumptions" about Beckham Jr. in a lengthy post on her Instagram.

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As for Schumer, the actress admitted to Howard Stern last month that attending the Met Gala "felt like a punishment." 

"It's people doing an impression of having a conversation… I don't like the farce," she said. "We're dressed up like a bunch of f**king a**holes."

"I got to meet Beyoncé and she was like, 'Is this your first Met Gala?'" she recalled. "And I was like, 'It's my last.''

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