Lena Dunham Apologizes to NFL Star After Gala Rant

She reaches out to Odell Beckham Jr.
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2016 5:15 PM CDT
Lena Dunham Apologizes to NFL Star After Gala Rant
Lena Dunham attends the 2016 New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards at the Waldorf Astoria in April.   (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)

Some celebs offer formulaic apologies that sound more like non-apologies after offending someone or something, but Lena Dunham is offering a lengthy mea culpa to NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. after what she now views as misguided public comments. The flap started when Dunham was seated next to Beckham at the Met Gala, recounts Slate. In a subsequent interview with Amy Schumer, Dunham offered up this: "I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and 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," said Dunham. "He was like, 'That's a marshmallow. That's a child. That's a dog.' It wasn't mean—he just seemed confused." She later joked that Beckham sized her up, rejected the idea of sex, and turned instead to his phone.

As People notes, Dunham quickly faced a barrage of online criticism afterward, with people accusing her of unfairly dissing Beckham and sounding hypocritical about the objectification of women. Dunham explained in a tweet Friday that the story was really about her "own insecurities," but then flippantly chalked up the backlash to the "outrage machine." On Saturday, however, she posted a lengthy apology on Instagram. "I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts," she writes. "I feel terrible about it. Because 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." So far, Beckham hasn't publicly commented. (More Lena Dunham stories.)

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