The High Sparrow may have dug the new Kanye video, but Lena Dunham isn’t feeling it. The star/creator of “Girls” wrote in a Facebook post about “Famous” that “I can’t watch it, don’t want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.”
She clarifies that her sensibilities are far from delicate, lest anyone accuse her of being a prude: “If it’s been banned, I’ll probably love it. Because I know that art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable. But this feels different.” Kanye’s video includes depictions of everyone from Chris Brown and Caitlyn Jenner to George W. Bush and Donald Trump. That said, she takes issue with several aspects of Kanye’s latest provocation:
“I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having. But guess what? I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (fuck 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.”
Kanye himself has said that the video is “not in support or anti any of [the people depicted]. It’s a comment on fame.” For the rest of Dunham’s thoughts, read her original post.