Lena Dunham blasts Kanye West’s “sickening” new video

Lena Dunham. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

A conflicted-feeling Lena Dunham took to Facebook to address Kanye West’s controversial video for his song “Famous,” which was released on Friday and features an array of celebrities sleeping nude in bed with him and wife Kim Kardashian. Taylor Swift and Rihanna both appear naked in the video along with Donald Trump, Bill Cosby and George W. Bush, and Chris Brown, among others. The celeb likenesses are created through the use of very life-like (and also exceedingly creepy) looking wax figures. Dunham starts out praising West for the unflinching approach he brings to his art, adding she was raised by parents whose artwork was edgy, but concluded that West’s video went too far given the recent news climate where Brock Turner was given a light sentence for a sexual assault conviction and a prosecutor has had to move mountains to bring criminal charges against Bill Cosby.

“I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having. But guess what?” Dunham wrote in the post. “I don’t have a hip 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.”

Dunham said she hesitated to raise her concerns, but when she didn’t notice anyone in the media bringing up these issues, she decided to speak up. She also had some advice for West about how he should refine his vision in the future. “Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind!” she wrote. “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.”

Read the full post on Lena Dunham’s Facebook page.


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