Last night on The Late Show With David Letterman, Lena Dunham further explicated her lack of issues (and indeed, her amusement) with the mean things Howard Stern has been saying about her.
For anyone who is not an avid follower of the aging shock jock, the things he’s said about her on the air include this little gem:
“[She's] a little fat girl who kind of looks like Jonah Hill and she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like a rape…. I don’t want to see that…She’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on. My opinion, if I was a producer on that, I’d say: ‘Honey, you’re a little too close to the project. You need to allow the other characters to breathe a little and let us get invested in them…”
I like how people say they have barely seen and do not care about Girls in one breath (Stern says he only watched a few episodes because his wife likes it), then go into detail about which plot points could be tweaked the next. Gotcha, bro. You have seen every episode. Alone. “The food was terrible…and such small portions!”
Dunham first started addressing Stern’s remarks at the NYC premiere Wednesday night, when she classily said, “It’s so funny, I listen every day. I think Howard Stern has really earned the right to freedom of speech.”
Then last night on Letterman, she highlighted the humor inherent in the backhanded compliment he had given her:
“He said, ‘Congrats to her. It’s so hard for little fat chicks to get anything going these days.’ It put me in the best mood! I just want to be like, my gravestone says, ‘She was a little fat chick, and she got it going.’”
This makes Howard Stern sound like the dumb one, the one to be ironically appreciated by those more in on the joke than he. I mean, who the hell talks like that anymore? And how can a chick be both “little” and “fat”? The oxymoron really gives it some added pizzazz.
Note to critics of Lena Dunham: you need to stop criticizing her body if you want any of your criticisms to be taken seriously at all. Of all the valid critiques you could make of the show, “people are naked who shouldn’t be” is not one of them, and will only make the show’s detractors look like they have no better ammunition.