Lena Dunham Calmly Explains Obesity To Howard Stern

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After she won two Golden Globes, Howard Stern apologized on air for calling Lena Dunham fat on his show awhile back. Now that he’s actually watched her show, Girls, he thinks she’s talented and loves her. She wouldn’t be blamed for ignoring Stern’s cry for attention in the wake of her success, but she was gracious enough to call in and accept his apology yesterday…and give him a primer on what’s really considered fat.

After she issued forgiveness for his comment (describing the writer and star of Girls as ”a little fat chick who sort of looks like Jonah Hill and keeps taking her clothes off”), Stern gushed:

“I’m in love with you and your character. I just wanted to tell you that I love you, and I think you’re terrific.”

But Dunham took the chance to rectify his comments about her weight (humorously, of course):

“I’m not that fat, Howard. I’m not super-thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit.”

To which the radio host responded, “you’re not obese or anything.”

Well, he may have missed the point, but she made a good one: Just because she falls on the heavy side of Hollywood norms doesn’t make her “fat.”

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    • http://blisstree.com/ Carrie Murphy

      I’m glad she called in and talked to him (and I’m glad she’s outspoken about not being “the norm”) but something about “thin for like, Detroit” seems pretty classist and weird to me.

      • Briana

        I agree that it comes off slightly weird and elitist, but I think the bigger implication is that Stern and Dunham both live and work in a world that’s pretty different from the average American city. Explaining that in a witty, radio-friendly sound bite is kind of tough, so I give her points for trying to at least put Hollywood standards into perspective. Detroit is probably one of the more controversial cities she could have referred to, but then…I don’t think she could have said ANY city without sounding classist or offensive to some people.

      • FibonacciSequence

        I took her comment, “…thin for like, Detroit” to be a negative commentary on **Hollywood**, not on Detroit…. the message being that women in Hollywood are UNHEALTHILY and GROSSLY thin. Women in Detroit (or you could insert pretty much any other American city there in place of “Detroit”) are pretty normal.

        At any rate, her comments did not come off as being classist or elitist to me, and I can be a little overly sensitive those issues.

    • andic

      As a Stern fan I have to defend him for a second. He actually retracted what he had said BEFORE the Globes (and I know this because I listen every day on my way to work). He watched more episodes (he had only watched the first two when he made his comments) and in doing so he changed his mind about both her and the show and was enjoying it. I’m not defending what he said about her looks, but he definitely didn’t apologize as a result of her winning some awards. He just changed his mind once he had more information….

      • FibonacciSequence

        Agreed. I don’t listen to Stern, but I just *knew* that I’d read in the paper that he’d issued the apology and commented about how much he loved her and her character BEFORE the awards ceremony.