Lena Dunham has now posted a lengthy apology to Odell Beckham Jr. for ascribing motives to him not engaging with her at a social event.
See, in a published conversation between her and Amy Schumer, Dunham said she was sitting next to Beckham at the Met Ball and she felt judged by him, despite him saying absolutely nothing to her.
She said, “”The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to fuck it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.'”
Now, unsurprisingly, people had a problem with Dunham assuming Beckham didn’t want to engage with her because he found her unattractive. (Slate came to her defense and threw out speculation that Beckham is gay.)
But now Dunham has posted a full apology to him on Instagram:
I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. 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. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena
It was accompanied by this photo:
Quite a turnaround from swiping at the “outrage machine”:
Glad the outrage machine roars on though, right @amyschumer?
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 2, 2016
[image via Krista Kennell/Shutterstock, Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock]
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