“I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having,” Dunham, 30, wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Monday. “But guess what? I don’t have a hip and cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f**k that one hurt to look at, I couldn’t look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna [Wintour], reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films."
The Girls creator and star argued the video is a disturbing reminder of recent sex assault stories in the media. “As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined...,” she wrote. “Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.”
West debuted the racy “Famous” video, which features a dozen naked celebrities, with a special Tidal presentation at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Friday. Swift is also the subject of a controversial lyric featured on the track when West raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might have sex / Why? I made that b***h famous.”
The rapper told Vanity Fair that the video, inspired by realist painter Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep,” is “a comment on fame” and maintained that he’s “not in support or anti” any of the stars featured. (It is unclear which stars, if any, are real or wax lookalikes.)
Later, Dunham addressed West personally and had one personal request.
“Here’s the thing, Kanye: you’re cool,” she wrote. “Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind! But I can’t watch it, don’t want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.”
Dunham concluded the post with one last declaration, of sorts: “Y’all, I’m so sick of showing up to the party angry. But at least I brought cake.”
Though Swift and the majority of the celebrities featured in the video have not publicly commented, a few others have. Chris Browntook to Instagram quickly after the “Famous” debut, writing, “Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/ crack showing WAX figure?” and calling West “talented, but crazy.”
Ray J, Kim Kardashian’s ex, told ET’s Kevin Frazier backstage at the BET Awards, “Man, I’m just trying to stay positive. I’m engaged. My marriage is all messed up ‘cause of craziness. I’m not part of nothing crazy.”
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