Lena Dunham Apologizes for Comparing Gawker to an Abusive Husband

"When I heard my own quote I was like 'Jesus, Lena, no,' " she said

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Lena Dunham is backtracking after comparing reading negative articles about herself online to domestic violence.

Dunham, 29, made the analogy during a Re/code interview published Tuesday to promote her newsletter Lenny. The Girls star/creator explained that she doesn’t run her own Twitter account after being body-shamed and discussed the media gossip site Gawker and feminist blog Jezebel, which Dunham slammed in February for offering $10,000 for un-retouched photos from her Vogue shoot and then publishing the images.

“I used to read Gawker and Jezebel in college and be like, ‘I can’t wait to get to New York where my people will be to welcome me.’ And it’s like, it’s literally, if I read it, it’s like going back to a husband who beat me in the face – it just doesn’t make any sense,” she told Re/code.

Late Tuesday night, Dunham issued an apology on Instagram.


“In a recent interview I compared reading certain websites that have repeatedly insulted me to returning to a physically abusive husband again and again. When I heard my own quote I was like ‘Jesus, Lena, no,’ ” she wrote. “I wasn’t making a joke about domestic violence–I was over emphatic in my attempt to capture how damaging the Internet can be (not just to celebrities.)”

“I regret that earlier comparison because it doesn’t accurately describe the condition of being attacked online AND it appears to make light of domestic violence, which ain’t my style,” she added.

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