After creating a huge controversy with her comments about Odell Beckham Jr., actress Lena Dunham has issued an apology.
” I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology,” Dunham wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”
Dunham first came under criticism after she did an interview with Amy Schumer describing the two’s interaction at the Met Gala, a New York City fashion event that took place earlier in the summer.
“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” Dunham said of Beckham. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”
Beckham never spoke to Dunham at the event and was instead looking at his phone while at the same table as Dunham.
Beckham opens his season next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Dunham’s full apology can be seen below.
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