Lena Dunham Attempts to Clarify Her Comments About Odell Beckham Jr. Following Twitter Backlash
The Girls actress documented her experience meeting the NFL star in a Lenny Letter posted Friday
On Friday, the 30-year-old Girls actress detailed her experience sitting next to the New York Giants wide receiver at the Met Gala.
In the Lenny Letter interview with Amy Schumer, Dunham penned: “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. He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean – he just seemed confused,” Dunham stated to Schumer – who sat at the same table on the night of the Met Gala – of her assessment of Beckham Jr.
“The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f— it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes,’ ” she stated.
Shortly after the Lenny Interview with Schumer went live, Dunham faced backlash from Twitter users about her commentary and assumptions of the 23-year-old athlete.
In an attempt to clarify, the actress took to Twitter to share her opinion on the matter.
“.@OBJ_3 is talented, stylish, seems super awesome and wasn’t into chatting with me at a fancy party,” she first tweeted of the football player.
“My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes,” she tweeted next, and followed with, “It’s not an assumption about who he is or an expectation of sexual attention. It’s my sense of humor, which has kept me alive for 30 years.”
Dunham also called Schumer into the conversation, tweeting directly to her fellow comedian: “Glad the outrage machine roars on though, right @amyschumer?”
The athlete, who is entering his third professional season with the N.Y. Giants, has yet to respond to Dunham on Twitter.