Lena Dunham hasn’t kept quiet about Jezebel’s offer of $10,000 for unretouched pictures of her from her Vogue photo shoot. Even after those images were released and it was revealed not much airbrushing happened after all, Jezebel wouldn’t back down from what Dunham calls their “monumental error in their approach to feminism.”
While visiting Bill Simmons‘ podcast “The B.S. Report,” Dunham once again addressed the whole non-troversy with her usual candor.
“That was messed up,” Dunham says of the situation. “I think Jezebel can be really smart and funny, I think it’s just that once you’ve been attacked in that way, it’s hard to enjoy.”
Interestingly enough, the Jezebel/Vogue situation went down at the same time a “Girls” episode gave the website a shoutout. The way Dunham talks about the situation, despite admitting “it felt gross,” it seems she is trying to see the situation through Jezebel’s eyes.
“I didn’t talk to the woman [Jessica Coen] who did it directly, but I can’t imagine the reaction made her feel particularly great,” Dunham says. “Once they did post the unretouched images of me that looked so similar to originals … I was kind of scared to see the unretouched images. I was like, maybe I’m delusional and I don’t look how I think I look. It was like, they smoothed a line [on my face] and shaved off like a part of my neck [and shoulder]. It was the most minimal retouching.”
Dunham continues that she didn’t like the spin Jezebel put on the story after it was revealed that the retouched photos weren’t that different. “I felt completely respected by Vogue. I felt like, thank you for removing the one line from my face because I’m 27 years old and shouldn’t have that there. I appreciate this,” she says.
What is your take on the situation?