3:23 pm - 12/19/2012

Time's Coolest Person of the Year - Lena Dunham


The 2012 Coolest Person of the Year is a woman who was unafraid to showcase her flaws. A woman who wore less makeup on TV than in real life and purposely shot herself naked in more unflattering ways than a blackmailer would. A woman whose entire persona is based on doing the wrong thing yet who reportedly got a $3.7 million advance for an advice book. A woman who made an Obama campaign video centering on a double entendre about losing her virginity to the President. A woman who was nominated for four Emmys and, far cooler, zero People’s Choice Awards. A woman who responded to 2010 Coolest Person James Franco’s harsh Huffington Post essay criticizing Girls, the HBO show she created and stars in, by saying she’s a big James Franco fan.

Lena Dunham might lack swagger and mystery. But she ushers in a second-generation cool for the oversharing era. “She doesn’t care what you think of her,” says Judd Apatow, an executive producer of Girls. “O.K., she does care. A lot. But she won’t change who she is to please you.” And she tempers her uncool puppy-dog eagerness with an insouciance that comes from knowing you will never, ever be as traditionally cool as your avant-garde New York City artist parents.

Unlike past Coolest winners who chose either not to talk about it (2011’s Ryan Gosling) or to say cool, cryptic things about it like “I invest my emotions into how well I think the things have been rendered” (2010’s Franco), Dunham didn’t hide her excitement. She emailed, “Wow, that is—for lack of a better word—really cool. What an honor. Will I get in any Web trouble for being genuinely, unsnarkily excited to be the first woman to win Joel Stein’s Coolest Person of the Year?”

Yes, Lena, you will. But you will do it anyway, on Twitter and hopefully in an even larger public forum, like Letterman or a magazine cover profile. Because—just like the many other women who have been considered not funny enough, not tough enough, not Supreme Court–y enough, not Augustay enough or not capable of following the complicated no-turn-on-red laws of Saudi Arabia enough—you have broken a barrier. And the only way you can help more women do the same is to keep talking about this honor and, more important, the cool guy who bestowed it upon you.


Don't you dare let me down in the comments ONTD.
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ilouboutin 19th-Dec-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
this world right now..
spartacus 19th-Dec-2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
This is sarcasm, right?
hoodoo 19th-Dec-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
just...so much no.
and that last paragraph is such a hot fucking mess.
violue 19th-Dec-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
flawlessglitch 19th-Dec-2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
deathbytamarind 19th-Dec-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
aw grumpycat!
therealycats 20th-Dec-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
She should have won.
popartpistol 20th-Dec-2012 05:50 am (UTC)
My brother was trying to tell me that he looks like that because he's deformed.
myrrhmade NOPE19th-Dec-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
no_urges 19th-Dec-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
"will I get in any web trouble for being genuinely, unsnarkily excited to be the first woman to win joel stein's coolest person of the year?"

this insufferable fuck, omg
ree7aan 19th-Dec-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
someone give me some of what the writer is smoking.

lena dunham can go suck a fuck.
gigglyvapidslut 19th-Dec-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
i enjoy hating her
psubookworm27 19th-Dec-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
I still don't really understand who this person is.
greenfairy_87 20th-Dec-2012 04:01 am (UTC)
She created/stars in a HBO comedy about 20-something women in NY which with the help of executive producer Judd Apatow became a hit. While the show's funniness is debatable, she herself has made ignorant statements, such as suggesting her friends dress up as Canadian serial killers for Halloween and she could go as their sister they murdered, and taking a photo of herself in a black hijab and saying she felt like a goth/fundamentalist. Paraded as the voice of our generation.
psubookworm27 20th-Dec-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
I liked it better when I didn't know.....

She sounds awful.
myxwill 19th-Dec-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
She would be nothing without her rich parents.
jazzypom But... but... no shade. It's Joel Stein though19th-Dec-2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
I liked his politics back in the day when he used to chronicle the Clintons and their escapades, but... Stein hasn't been The Scribe of The Times for a while (write a book about the 2012 election with the same hot mess that was Game Change in 2008 and I'll change my mind). But for real though... It's Joel Stein.
randomneses Re: But... but... no shade. It's Joel Stein though19th-Dec-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
jazzypom where is the lie?19th-Dec-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
He's the guy who wrote that expose on the Clinton's but under the name anonymous back in the early 1990s. Primary Colours (Thank you, wiki). Stein has not been relevant in twenty years. It's like your dad busting out an eight track and asking you to play it on your ipod.

Seriously, ONTD , I'll rage with you over Dunham but not when she's been 'gifted' by Joe Stein.

Edited at 2012-12-19 11:17 pm (UTC)
tvisgood Re: But... but... no shade. It's Joel Stein though20th-Dec-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
Ugh, Joel Stein. That explains why this thing is so insufferable.
randomneses 19th-Dec-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
nepotism and beigeness will get you far
prophecypro 19th-Dec-2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Aint nothing cool about that
smh NY hipsterism still trying to happen
boku_no_hanabi 20th-Dec-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
I want the hipsters to fall off the Brooklyn bridge.
sun_set_blvd 19th-Dec-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
lol fuck off, Time.
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