Lena Dunham says: ‘I owe Odell Beckham Jr. an apology’

Lena Dunham arrives on the red carpet at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 6, 2016 in New York City. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Actress, writer and filmmaker Lena Dunham apologized to Odell Beckham Jr. for publicly speculating about what he thought of sharing a table with her at a recent celebrity event.

“I owe Odell Beckham Jr. an apology,” Dunham said in an Instagram post Saturday.

“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. 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 about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena.”

Dunham made her initial remarks about Beckham Jr. during a Lenny Letter interview with Amy Schumer, which was published Friday.

“He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused,” Dunham said about her seating assignment with the NFL player at the gala.

“The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to [expletive] 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.'”


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