5:55 pm - 01/16/2013

Lena Dunham Goes on The Howard Stern Show, Buries Hatchet

Calling Lena Dunham a “little fat chick” might have been the smartest move Howard Stern’s made in the last several years. Not only did his remarks get repeated by Ms. Dunham while she was on Letterman on Friday, but his very public apology on Monday gave him some extra leverage to pull the Girls creator and star (and recent two-time Golden Globe winner) onto his program today.

Here’s what went down.

Stern lavished her with praise: “I realize: not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I’m in love with you and your character.”

… but refused to “apologize” for his weight comments: “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.”

Lena insisted she supported Howard, despite the negative comments: “I’m a big fan of your particular brand of free speech.”

There was a little scuffle over word choice when describing her body:

Dunham: “I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit.”

Stern replied that she wasn’t “obese or anything,” then realized his terrible choice of words.

Dunham: (laughing) “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.”

Now it’s time to talk about Donald Glover and race!

: “Donald was an actor we always wanted to work with. On HBO, you have 10 episodes. You start with 10 episodes. And it takes you a while to set up your world, to set up your main characters … While I understand the criticism, I felt like we had had only 10 episodes to dig in.”

As for the idea that her show was “too white”? “[Diversity on television is] a conversation that needs to happen. I’m glad to take one for the team.”

Mr. Stern admitted that he hadn’t watched enough episodes of Girls when he made that initial comment. But even last week he had begun changing his mind…specifically once he started a man-crushing on Adam Driver’s character.

Interview Audio:


blackink 17th-Jan-2013 12:02 am (UTC)
This. It was an ignorant comment for Dunham to make, period, and has all kinds of negative connotations for a city that has struggled to pull itself up from economic devastation. It's hard to focus on losing weight when all you can afford to feed your family is a box of macaroni and cheese from the overpriced convenience store on the corner, since the Detroit public trans system is utter crap and too many people can't afford cars.
tadashee 17th-Jan-2013 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm sure. I recently took a class that really focused on food deserts and it is ridiculous. I go to vanderbilt in nashville, and two miles from us is an incredibly poor area. Up until two years ago- it could take you 2.5 hours to get to the nearest grocery store from the poorer areas via public transportation. A few students put together a vegetable food truck/market type thing about 4 years ago and it has really helped the area, as well as petitioning for changes in the transportation routes. sad that it took college students to do something about it. Also, i have been looking at moving into an apartment and its so sad because they are basically gentrifying everything. makes me mad at everyone. I am looking for an honors thesis project to do and i pitched the idea of going on snap assistance and teaching a class on healthy meals, but it wouldnt be realistic because i dont have the food desert /transportation struggles that people on snap have.
syzygy09 17th-Jan-2013 12:57 am (UTC)
Kinda related:

I've always had a "FUCK WALMART" position, as it's an evil corporation and kills small businesses. However, I saw a story on the local news a several months ago that made me think and reconsider a few things.

I live in Atlanta. Atlanta is known for having a SUPER SHITTY public transportation system -- it's the absolute worst. The story was about a community within city limits, but not downtown. Basically a socioeconomic nightmare. The area has no grocery stores within walking distance, only convenience stores. Zero access to fresh food. Residents were actually petitioning to GET a Walmart because it was the only corporation that was considering opening up a business in the area.
tadashee 17th-Jan-2013 03:04 am (UTC)
MARTA? lol. i went to emory for a year. oh god marta is awful! yeah food deserts do not get enough media attention. it is ridiculous.
syzygy09 17th-Jan-2013 03:23 am (UTC)
Yep, MARTA :)

In fact, I use MARTA regularly -- I live within quick walking distance to two of the train stations (Midtown). Do I have to use it? No. But I like saving money on gas when I can.

But it's such a shitfest of a public transportation system -- it gets very few dollars from the state government (cause the state is racist, especially outside of the perimeter of Atlanta) and the city itself has a plethora of budget issues.

I mean, you went to Emory -- Decatur -- that's what, a 10 minute drive from downtown Atlanta? The fact that it would take me an hour+ (and probably some shoe leather) to get to the main campus via public transportation is absurd. In fact, it's embarrassing for a major US city.
nanachic 17th-Jan-2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
as a native Detroiter I can tell you that we don't have a public transit system. Sure buses exist but if you don't have a car, you get a ride. Those are your options.
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