Lena Dunham, Golden Globe winner of her TV show ‘Girls’, has a couple issues with Rihanna. The 26-year-old creator of the hit HBO show takes aim at Rihanna during a recent interview, and accused the singer of not being a better role model.
Lena sat down with Alec Baldwin during his podcast “Here’s the Thing” on January 21. The actress said the 24-year-old singer’s behavior isn’t something her fans should try and copy. “[Fame is] an amazing thing and it’s a platform that you have to take seriously. Which is why sometimes, it’s like. . . I used to be really into Rihanna, that pop star, and then it’s like — again, I don’t want to ever throw stones from my glass house — but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna.”
She continued, “Like, you know, she left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy. . . She’s talented. And then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.”
Lena admits that she’s “had to become more conscious about what I say and what I promote, not in a way that stifles me, but just in a way where I realize now that there are 17-year-old girls who come up to me and tell me that the show means a lot to them.”
It’s not the first time the multitalented comedy star has criticized the on-again couple, who first split in February 2009 after Brown assaulted the “Umbrella” singer just before the Grammys. When the musical duo (who have since reunited romantically in real life) released two sexually explicit songs together in February 2012, Dunham tweeted, “Rihanna and Chris Brown’s new duets make me want to go hide under Gloria Steinem’s bed for 72 hours.”
Dunham is hardly the first high-profile star to criticize the controversial couple: Miranda Lambert took aim at Brown after he won an award and performed twice at the Grammys in 2012. “I just have to speak my mind, because where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK. So that’s why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun,” Lambert told concertgoers in Amherst, Mass.
In a series of tweets, Lambert, 29, added: “I don’t get it. He beat on a girl. . .Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen. He needs to listen to “Gunpowder and Lead” and be put back in his place.”
I agree with Lena completely. I follow Rihanna on Instagram, and while I do believe people have the right to do or say whatever they want (for the most part), when you’re in the public eye like that you have got to be careful. People look up to you and DO try to emulate you. It’s a scary thing, and it must be a huge burden. But you’ve gotta remember that when you’re as big as Rihanna, you just have to.