Lena Dunham Won’t Stand For Being Called A ‘Hypocrite’ After Losing Weight
Until Lena Dunham finds a way to grow to the size of Ursula at the end of “The Little Mermaid” and sabotage passing ships or shrink small enough to climb into our brains and manipulate our thoughts until we admit Marnie Michaels is a redeemable character, let’s stop obsessing over the size of her body.
On Wednesday, Lena visited “The Ellen Degeneres Show” to chat about the final season of “Girls” and backlash over her recent weight loss.
She told the host,
I spent six years of my career being called things like ‘bag of milk’ on the internet — ‘bag of milk,’ ‘baby cow,’ ‘aging cow.’ I just never felt self-conscious about it… Then I had this experience of my body changing.
Suddenly I got all these people saying, ‘You’re a hypocrite. I thought you were body positive. I thought you were a person who embraced body types of all sizes,’ …I do. I just understand that bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen.
The 30-year-old also addressed the criticism on Instagram last week, where she shared a screen shot of a Refinery29 article urging everyone to “stop talking about [her] weight.”
Lena captioned her post,
I feel I’ve made it pretty clear over the years that I don’t give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body… Right now I’m struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight loss isn’t a triumph and it also isn’t some sign I’ve finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME–at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I’m doing with it, I’m not handing in my feminist card to anyone.
Rather than celebrating dramatic before-and-after pictures, she voiced her pride for her body in any phase of life.
I’m proud of what this body has seen and done and represented. Chronic illness sufferer. Body-shaming vigilante. Sexual assault survivor. Raging hottie. Just like all of YOU.
Oof. Honestly? We all needed to hear it.
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LENA DUNHAM SAYS WOMEN "CAN'T WIN" IN HOLLYWOOD AFTER WEIGHT-LOSS CRITICISM Beatrice Hazlehurst 03/22/17 at 12:04PM Like Paper Mag on Facebook Email Address Get Our Newsletter Lena Dunham is no stranger to comments on her size, but after critics branded the Girls creator a "hypocrite" as a result of her recent weight-loss she's realized there's no right way to be a woman in the entertainment industry. The star, who famously favors nude scenes, has dealt with backlash regarding her body for years, forcing her to address the hate several times. After slimming down in 2017, which she claims is the result of stress of Trump's election, Dunham has once again faced heat due to her promotion of body-positivity. When asked about the criticism during an appearance on The Ellen Show, Lena said after six years being called "baby cow" the response was "crazy." "...I spent six years of my career being called things like 'bag of milk' on the internet—'bag of milk,' 'baby cow,' 'aging cow.' I just never felt self-conscious about it," she said. "I was like, 'Anyone who is going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet isn't someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.'" "Then I had this experience of my body changing. Suddenly I got all these people saying, 'You're a hypocrite. I thought you were body positive. I thought you were a person who embraced body types of all sizes,'" Dunham said. "I do. I just understand that bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen." Most of the hate Dunham received stemmed from her endorsement of The Tracey Anderson Method last week, which she responded to in a thank you letter to Refinery 29 after the site posted an article explaining why the actress's body shouldn't be a talking point. "...my weight loss isn't a triumph and it also isn't some sign I've finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME--at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I'm doing with it, I'm not handing in my feminist card to anyone." Go off, Lena! Here's the full video. Image via Instagram Like Paper Mag on Facebook Email Address Get Our Newsletter lena dunham weight loss