Lena Dunham has addressed the controversy over Jezebel buying untouched pictures of her Vogue shoot
Writer and actress Lena Dunham has spoken about Jezebel's decision to published images of her Vogue photoshoot before they were retouched.
Famous for its whistle-blowing approach to glossy magazine images, US feminist blog Jezebel paid £6,000 for the unaltered images of Dunham's February Vogue cover which they then chose to publish on their website.
And, while Lena has remained tight lipped on the situation, in a recently aired interview with US commentator Bill Simmons she finally addressed the decision, saying “They made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism… It felt gross.”
The site experienced a fierce backlash from its readers over the piece and while Dunham said she thought the blog "can be really smart and funny," she described the publication of those shots as 'messed up'.
"I think it's just that once you've been attacked in that way, it's hard to enjoy," she added.
Jump to 52:15 to watch her comments
5 other 'outspoken' Dunham moments
1. On scrutiny of her body: "My fears came true: people called me fat and hideous, and I lived. And now I keep living."
2. On criticism of Girls' lack of diversity: "Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to."
5. Tit-for-tatting with US shock jock Howard Stern: "I tuned in just in time to hear him say I looked like Jonah Hill and that I was raping his eyes. He quickly apologised...Then a minute later he asked me if I was intimidated because my boyfriend could be getting a much hotter piece of ass. At the time, I didn't have the wherewithal to ask if you were intimidated because [your wife] Beth could definitely be with someone who doesn't look like a cartoon of a Jewish female horse."
IS LENA DUNHAM RIGHT? WAS JEZEBEL'S DECISION A MONUMENTAL ERROR?
Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features, YouTube