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Howard Stern would like to take back some things he said about Lena Dunham. On his radio show last week, the shock jock called the Girls creator and star "a little fat girl who looks like Jonah Hill," among other choice insults. But on Monday -- following Dunham's Golden Globe wins for best actress in a comedy series and best comedy series -- Stern seemed to have a change of heart.
"I felt bad because I really do love the show Girls and enjoy it, and I admire the girl who writes it," Stern told his listeners. "[The media coverage] was a hatchet job, plain and simple." (Listen to the clip below.)
Stern and his sidekick Robin Quivers both professed that his comments about Dunham were taken out of context, and that he's actually a big fan of the show. Hoping to set the record straight, we tracked down a recording of his original comments -- and it doesn't seem like they were taken out of context at all. (Listen to the clip below.)
In his critique of the show, Stern pretty much said that he hated everything about it. Dunham's infamous nude scenes, he said, are like "rape," because "I don't want to see that." (We'll return to that in a moment.) Stern also accused Dunham of being a "camera hog," saying, "Why is [Girls] focused so much on her character? There are other characters! Give it up to them!" Stern added that he couldn't get into the show, and that he "would have bailed after episode 2" if his wife Beth Ostrosky Stern didn't insist on watching it with him. "But good for her," he said of Dunham, who also directs, writes and produces the show. "It's hard for little fat chicks to get any kind of thing going."
Okay, let's respond to a couple of these points, shall we? First of all, Dunham's nude scenes are not "like rape." (Nor does she look like Jonah Hill, for that matter.) Rape is when someone is forced into a sexual act against their will, not when someone voluntarily watches a naked person on TV who doesn't look like a Victoria's Secret model. If you have the option to change the channel, it's not rape.
Secondly: Lena Dunham doesn't have so many scenes because she's a camera hog. She has so many scenes because she's the lead character in a show that she created, based on her own life. No one ever complains that Sarah Jessica Parker had too many Sex and the City scenes, or that Louis CK is "hogging" Louie.
Finally, Dunham is one of the most accomplished and successful women working in show business right now, and she's only 26. Stern's condescending remarks -- "Good for the little fat chick!" -- aren't just insulting; they're totally out of touch with reality.
Fortunately, Lena Dunham has a much thicker skin than most of us. Talking to David Letterman on Thursday, the Girls star said she's a big Howard Stern fan, and took his insults more as a compliment. (Watch the video below.)
"He said, 'Congrats to her. It’s so hard for little fat chicks to get anything going these days.' And it put me in the best mood!" Dunham recalled with a laugh. "I just want to be like, my gravestone says, 'She was a little fat chick and she got it going!'"
We have to wonder: did Stern apologize because he realized that Dunham would make a great Howard Stern Show guest? We kind of hope so, because that's one show we'd definitely tune in for. Though we suppose it depends if she chooses to forgive him.