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Lena Dunham clarifies Odell Beckham Jr. comments

Published 03/09/2016

Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham

The Girls star previously criticised the American football player for rejecting her at the Met Gala.

Lena Dunham is attempting to diffuse the social media uproar surrounding the disparaging comments she made about Odell Beckham Jr. at the Met Gala.

During an interview with Amy Schumer for Dunham's online Lenny Letter, the pair discussed how much they hated attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Gala in New York back in May (16).

Lena, who wore a tuxedo to the ball and took Lenny Letter partner Jenni Konner as her date, explained she sat next to New York Giants wide receiver Odell at the gala.

"I was sitting next to (football star) 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," she adds. "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**k 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'."

Lena revealed she headed home shortly after Amy made an early exit from the gala. "I attempted to grind my a** on Michael B. Jordan for an additional twenty minutes and then left right after you," the Girls star joked.

Now, the 30-year-old is trying to set the record straight, after being on the receiving end of a vicious backlash on social media following her demeaning comments about the 23-year-old athlete.

Tweeting Beckham Jr. directly on Friday (02Sep16), Lena said, "@OBJ_3 is talented, stylish, seems super awesome and wasn't into chatting with me at a fancy party."

In a series of tweets, she said her critique of the American football player stemmed from her own insecurities, writing: "My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes."

Leaning on her comedienne friend Schumer for support, Lena continued, "It's not an assumption about who he is or an expectation of sexual attention. It's my sense of humour, which has kept me alive for 30 years. Glad the outrage machine roars on though, right @amyschumer?"

"PS I'll try and dance myself onto @michaelb4jordan if I have the chance, even when I'm a married grandma. I'm a red blooded str8 (straight) woman!" she added.

Odell Beckham Jr. has yet to comment.

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