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    Lena Dunham Claps Back at Body Shamers

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    Lena Dunham finally addressed the “gnarly” comments she received after posting photos from her wedding which went viral last week.

    The 35-year-old Girls star married musician Luis Felber, 35. She took to Instagram on October 6 explaining, “I’ve shared many challenges with you and these moments of joy had me thinking that we should admit when we’re happy too-it’s not a crime. But all of this safety made me forget, for a moment, why I’ve created such intense boundaries with the internet over the past few years.”

    According to the actress, she received lots of encouraging comments but she also read some “gnarly s—t”. She wrote, “Most [are] not worth responding to or even sharing with you. But one narrative I take issue with, largely because it’s a story I don’t want other women, other people, to get lodged in their heads is that I should somehow be ashamed because my body has changed since I was last on television.”

    Lena appeared on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in 2019 and in 2017 on the HBO Show, Girls, and American Horror Story: Cult.

    She continued, “Firstly ‘did Lena eat the cast of Girls’ just isn’t a very good joke- I could punch that up for the Tweeter. Secondly, it’s ironic to have my body compared to a body that was also the subject of public scorn—an echo chamber of body shaming. But lastly, when will we learn to stop equating thinness with health/happiness? Of course, weight loss can be the result of positive change in habits, but guess what? So, can weight gain.”

    She explained, “The pics I’m being compared to are from when I was in active addiction with undiagnosed illness. In the 4 years since, I’ve gotten sober and begun my life as someone who aspires toward health and not just achievement. These changes have allowed me to be the kind of sister/friend/daughter that I want to be and yes—meet my husband (who, by the way, doesn’t recognize me in those old photos because he sees how dimmed my light was).”

    “I say this for any other person whose appearance has been changed with time, illness or circumstance. It’s okay to live in your present body without treating it as transitional. I am, and I’m really enjoyi ng it. Love you all,” she concluded.

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    Lena’s post earned lots of supportive comments from fans and fellow celebrities including Lily Collins who struggled with an eating disorder in the past. The Emily in Paris star said, “This is just so beautifully said. And I thank you for putting it out there. Sending so much love and so many hugs to you both. From one newlywed to another.”

    14 COMMENTS

    1. “Echo chamber of fat-shaming”? I don’t think she knows what the echo chamber in social media is – it’s when users actively group together and share the same ideologies and the same prescribed use of words. Trolling is not an echo chamber.
      Maybe she should go back to her addiction before she has a stroke or heart attack – not that she’s pretty enough to notice even with a hot body. I have no idea who she is, or what is ‘Girls’.

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