Lena Dunham had some harsh words for Kanye West’s polarizing “Famous” music video, calling it “disgusting” and “sickening.” In a lengthy essay on Facebook, the screenwriter, actress, and Not That Kind of Girl ($18) author criticized West for the seedy way in which the video depicts nude celebrities like Rihanna, Caitlyn Jenner, Anna Wintour, Kim Kardashian West, and, of course, Kanye West himself.
But what really caused Dunham to lose her lunch was the depiction of her close friend Taylor Swift, whose inclusion in the song’s widely considered misogynist lyrics has already been the source of major controversy.
“I know that art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable,” Dunham wrote. “But this feels different. … Seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f*ck 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.”
Despite her love for West, whom she said is “cool” and whose projects she normally anticipates “with bated breath,” Dunham pulled no punches in criticizing the notorious provocateur. “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? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease,” she added.
West’s video, which premiered live at The Forum in Los Angeles, is currently available to stream on Tidal and will screen at various venues throughout New York City tonight. You can read Dunham’s entire response on Facebook.
Do you agree with Dunham that Kanye West went too far?