Lena Dunham is publicly apologizing to New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. for projecting her “insecurities” and ascribing “misogynistic thoughts” on the professional athlete.
Last week, Dunham recounted an encounter she had with Odell in her Lenny Letter newsletter. According to the actress, she was seated next to the athlete during the Met Ball; however, she felt like Beckham was aloof because of how she looked.
“(Odell) looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” she wrote. “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.'”
After being berated on social media for her comments, Dunham issued an apology via Instagram over the weekend. “I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology,” the 30-year-old wrote on Saturday. “Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage.”
The Girls creator continued, “This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it.”
She added, “Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did.”
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