Lena Dunham is known for a lot of things. She has created and starred in so many awesome seasons of Girls on HBO. She hosts her own podcast. She's written a book and been in a few stellar movies. Dunham has even launched a successful newsletter. But for some reason, the cinematic genius can't stop putting her foot in her mouth. Every time that it seems like she's learned her lesson, Dunham says something even more egregious.
Problematic quotes from the star are nothing new. Moreover, Lena Dunham is a serial apologist but she always ends up retracting her controversial statements. From defending a writer accused of sexual assault to publicly wishing that she’d had an abortion, there’s probably no line Dunham won’t cross. The star is willing to talk openly about everything and that often lands her in hot water.
In recent years, Dunham has been slammed on multiple occasions for the lack of diversity on her show, for making racist comments or jokes, and for her white feminism.
As a result, there is no shortage of crazy quotes from Lena Dunham. She touches on everything from eating disorders to Hollywood scandals. Here are the most ridiculous things Lena Dunham has said. So far.
She Complained About Not Being Hit On
What she said: “I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr. and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. He was like, 'That's a marshmallow. That's a child. That's a dog.' It wasn't mean, he just seemed confused. The vibe was very much like, 'Do I want to f*ck it? Is it wearing a … yep, it's wearing a tuxedo. I'm going to go back to my cell phone.' It was like we were forced to be together, and 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.”
When she said it: She said this during an interview with Amy Schumer for The Lenny Letter.
She Defended Her Writer After He Was Accused Of Sexual Assault
What she said: “While our first instinct is to listen to every woman's story, our insider knowledge of Murray's situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the three percent of assault cases that are misreported every year. It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we'll be saying about this issue.”
When she said it: Dunham said this in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter defending former Girls writer Murray Miller, who was accused of sexual assault.
She Wished That She Could've Experienced An Abortion
What she said: “I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women’s options, I myself had never had an abortion. And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around this issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department. Now I can say that I still haven't had an abortion, but I wish I had.”
When she said it: She claimed this while discussing the stigma around abortion on her podcast.
She Joked About Having An Abusive Relationship With Her Sister
What she said: “As [Grace] grew, I took to bribing her for her time and affection: one dollar in quarters if I could do her makeup like a ‘motorcycle chick.’ Three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds. Whatever she wanted to watch on TV if she would just ‘relax on me.’ Basically, anything a sexual predator might to do woo a small suburban girl I was trying.”
When she said it: In her book, Not That Kind Of Girl, Dunham mentioned this.