Lena Dunham can’t help but look…and be disappointed.
Girl decided to weigh in on Kanye West‘s controversial new video, and while the tone of this FB rant is borderline intolerable (like lots of the things she writes) I think the sentiment is there. She basically says she thinks Kanye is cool and that she isn’t- and that she’s cool with sexual art, but not THIS kind of sexual art. Here are the highlights:
Peeking From Between My Fingers: some disjointed thoughts on the ‘Famous’ video
Like many pop culture addicted Americans, I wait with bated breath for what Kanye West will do next. Aside from his Twitter mayhem, he has created some really “next level shit” as the kids would say. I could also happily watch Kim Kardashian West chip the paint off a window ledge for hours and be fascinated. I admire that whole family, love the way they depict women as better in numbers and masters of their own destiny. I’d spend all summer at Kamp Kardashian. But it’s possible to hold two competing thoughts in your mind and the Famous video is one of the more disturbing “artistic” efforts in recent memory.
Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and chucked aside at a rager? It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.
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.
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.
It would be kind of surreal to see a group of naked wax figures who are supposed to be your friends in a Kanye West video, wouldn’t it? I think she’s kind of right- it’s odd and grotesque and violent, but perhaps in a way that’s making less of a deep statement. Instead, maybe he’s trying to start drama? But you gotta take Kanye’s art as is- he’s uncompromising!
What do YOU think of Famous??? Weigh in below!