Veteran comedian Joan Rivers has made a career out of speaking her mind, and over the years she’s spoken harshly about other celebrities, and has gotten a lot of backlash for it, most recently from Jennifer Lawrence, who said Rivers was perpetuating meanness and divisiveness among women.
This time the 80 year old is talking smack about Lena Dunham, from the hit show Girls.
Rivers says although she admires Dunham’s work, she’s bothered that the young actress doesn’t speak out about being overweight. Instead, she often shows her naked body, which says to others, “It’s okay to be overweight.”
“Let me ask you something,” Rivers asked Howard Stern, when she was on his radio show recently. “Lena Dunham, who I think is terrific, how could she wear dresses above the knee?
Stern then made the point that Dunham only wants to make people laugh, and she doesn’t care about what people say about her body. Also, the radio host noted that Dunham has tons of fans because she doesn’t care about being a little chubby, and people love her because she embraces the way she looks.
Rivers said it’s probably all an act and that Dunham really doesn’t want to be overweight.
“Oh, every woman gives a s–t,” said Rivers. “That’s wrong. You are sending a message out saying ‘It’s okay. Stay fat. Get diabetes. Everybody die. Lose your fingers.”
“I love that she’s funny and love that she’s done well, but don’t let them laugh at you physically. If you look the way you look, Lena, and that’s fine and you’re funny, [but] don’t say it’s okay that other girls can look like this. Try to look better.”
But some might say that Rivers’ criticism of Dunham is off-base, because the young actress has said in the past that she doesn’t love her body, and that she has anxiety about it from time to time, however, she tries to keep those insecurities away from her work, she said.
“Believe me, in all of my romantic relationships I’m like, ‘Does he want to be dating a girl who’s a size zero? Do you like my body?'” admitted Dunham. “Is it just that you like my mind….But somehow in my work that self-consciousness hasn’t manifested.”
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