Lena Dunham Stops by Howard Stern’s Show to Respond to His Fat Jokes

After taking home two Golden Globes on Sunday for her show Girls, Lena Dunham has every reason to have all the confidence in the world—even in the face of ongoing repulsive and sexist comments about her body. Last week we were all mutually nauseated by Howard Stern’s remarks towards Dunham: “Good for her. It’s hard for little fat chicks to get anything going.” The following night, while on Late Night With David Letterman, Dunham proudly joked, “I wanna get it on my gravestone where he said, ‘Congrats to her (Dunham). It’s so hard for little fat chicks to get anything going these days.” And since then, Stern has openly apologized for his harsh words of judgement, paving the way for an appearance from Dunham herself his program today.

The pair had quite the conversation, and made nice during the interview.

What he had to say:

  • “I realize: not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I’m in love with you and your character.”
  • “It’s not about apologizing, although I want to say I’m a fan of yours … I love you and I think you’re terrific.”

What she had to say:

  • “I’m a big fan of your particular brand of free speech.”
  • “Howard Stern says I’m ‘not obese or anything’ … I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort to rectify [this], but whether you’d done that or not, I’d have remained a [Howard Stern] enthusiast.
  • “I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit.”

Now hold up just one second. This reminds me of that delightful line from that absurdist piece of humor that was Esquire‘s Megan Fox cover story, reading: “Women no longer need to be beautiful in order to express their talent. Lena Dunham and Adele and Lady Gaga and Amy Adams are all perfectly plain, and they are all at the top of their field.” What’s that sound, you say? Oh nothing, just me slamming my plainly average body against the wall. Are you kidding me? What world are these assholes living in where a woman should have to justify her body weight as per city-specified expectations? But okay, Dunham isn’t taking this too seriously, and it feels silly to get worked up when the subject of the discussion is strong enough to shake off this sort of thing. However, it does reflect that fact that, yes, a bold and talented 26-year old woman just won two Golden Globes against American staples of comedy, but you’re right, we really should be discussing those extra few pounds.

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