Recently, Lena Dunham had everybody’s eyebrows scratching their hairlines in an interview with Amy Schumer when she suggested Odell Beckham Jr. snubbed her during this year’s Met Gala by being on his cell phone.
Much of the internet was not having it and took Dunham to task for assuming Beckham even knew who she was, while possibly perpetuating racial stereotypes about black men.
When asked about the controversy, Beckham responded by taking the high road and not adding much fuel to the fire.
“I don’t have enough information to really speak on it,” he said in an exclusive interview with Complex. “We’ll see what happens from there. I never want any problems with anybody in this world.”
Dunham has since issued an apology for her comments, saying she was unfairly projecting insecurities about her looks onto the 23-year-old football star.
“I feel terrible about it,” wrote Dunham. “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.”
I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. 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. 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. 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. Much love and thanks, Lena