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Lena Dunham: Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ Video Is Sickening

“It feels informed by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe in their own bodies,” ‘Girls’ creator-star says

While no one has yet accepted Kanye West‘s invitation to “sue [him] already” over his provocative, controversial “Famous” video, Girls creator-star Lena Dunham has criticized the clip. The writer-actress blasted the project in a lengthy Facebook post, calling it “one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory.” 

“I can’t 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,” Dunham wrote of the video, which features (likely synthetic) versions of West, wife Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Bill Cosby, Chris Brown and more naked in bed together.

“Let’s break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat … As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined… While Bill Cosby’s crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness … 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?” Dunham wrote. 

“I’m sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement, that I’m probably being trolled on a super high level,” she continued. “I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having. But guess what? I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (fuck that one hurt to look at, I couldn’t look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, 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.”

West premiered the video Friday at Los Angeles’ the Forum, with a live stream at Tidal. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the rapper called the video a “comment on fame,” claiming it isn’t “in support or anti” anyone depicted in the clip. 

While even prolific Twitter users like Trump and Swift have remained silent on the clip, Brown did respond by asking West “why I gotta have the plumber’s butt” and playfully calling the rapper “crazy.”

In This Article: Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lena Dunham


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