Does Lena Dunham have room to judge Kanye's 'Famous' video? | The Tylt
Kanye West premiered the music video for Famous last Friday at a Tidal live streaming event, and let's just say it's his most controversial piece of art yet. The visual is only available on Tidal, but a photo surfaced of naked celebrities in bed with Kanye and quickly went viral. We're talking wife Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Amber Rose, Ray J, George W. Bush, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Anna Wintour, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby and Taylor Swift.
But seeing Taylor in Kanye's provocative video set Lena Dunham off. The Girls star-creator took to Facebook and blasted Kanye's video and critiqued the portrayal of what she called "prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager."
I'm sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement, that I'm probably being trolled on a super high level. I know that there's a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I'm currently having. But guess what? I don't have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (fuck that one hurt to look at, I couldn't look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films. I hesitated a lot about saying anything cuz I figured the think pieces would come pouring in. But I didn't see this angle being explored as much as I had hoped. It's weird to feel like you're watching alone. I bet I'm not.
Here's the thing, Kanye: you're cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind! But I can't watch it, don't want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies.
But can Lena really judge Kanye's 'Famous' video?
While some defenders stand by Lena's comments and agree with her, others are calling her a hypocrite. She has made both mistakes and pushed the artistic envelope in her work. Some are calling her the disturbed one. Hence, she might not be the best person to talk. Others say it's art. The video was inspired by artist Vincent Desiderio's painting called "Sleep." And not to mention, Taylor signed off on it.
What do you think: #LenaHasAPoint about the obscenity of the art or #LenaCantJudge Kanye's art?
Does Lena Dunham have room to judge Kanye's 'Famous' video?
is lena dunham lowkey beefing w kanye cuz she wasn't in the bed— BRANDON WARDELL (@BRANDONWARDELL) June 27, 2016
Lena Dunham is an imperfect feminist, as we all are, but she's right about Kanye. Sorry. Kanye is gross and you should stop defending him.— Emma (@emmaschuetz) June 28, 2016
You don't have to agree with Lena Dunham, but you don't need to be ugly about it, that's just being hateful.— @boopumpkins (@boopumpkins) June 27, 2016
I did enjoy this season of Girls. Please stick to what you're (subjectively) good at, Lena Dunham.— Chukwuma (@ChukBartholomew) June 27, 2016
Wait... Lena Dunham... The woman who wrote a snot bubble fight in a bath with her BFF thinks Kanye's art takes it too far????!!!!?!!!?!!!— Mal (@mauiixiv) June 27, 2016
Lena Dunham has an endless list of racist quotes, a show accused of racism, and openly admitted to molesting her sister Who is she to judge?— Emma (@kimyonceee) June 28, 2016