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Lena Dunham Apologizes To Odell Beckham Jr. After Backlash Over Comments

Lena Dunham is apologizing to Odell Beckham Jr. after facing criticism for her comments against the NFL player.

This after the 'Girls' star laughed with Amy Schumer about how she imagined the New York Giants star's reacted to being seated at her table.

"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," she said. "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.'"

After fans criticized her for "reverse sexism," among other things, she said it wasn't "an expectation of sexual attention," but simply reflected her sense of humor.

She later blamed her insecurities for the comments in a full-blown apology.

"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," she said.

"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 and I shouldn't have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena."

September 6, 2016 |

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