Kanye West’s new video for “Famous” seems custom-made to court controversy. The NSFW visuals depict some major industry figures – including Taylor SwIft, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Amber Rose, and Rihanna – nude in bed with West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. The video has confused and angered many since it was unveiled last Friday at the Forum in Inglewood, California, and now Lena Dunham is adding her voice to the critics.
In a lengthy Facebook post she titled “Peeking From Between My Fingers,” the multi-talented star offered some “disjointed thoughts on the ‘Famous’ video.” While saying she has no beef with West personally, Dunham strongly objected to the clip and urged the rapper to avoid gender stereotypes and the objectification of women’s bodies.
“The Famous video is one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory,” Dunham 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.”
“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,” she continued.
Dunham concluded the message with a photo of a cake bearing the words “Alles Liebe,” which is German for “All the best.”
West, for his part, claims that the video was never meant to praise nor defame anyone depicted within it. “It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video],” he told Vanity Fair. It’s a comment on fame.”