Oh, Lena Dunham. You for real?
The Girls star recently sat down with Food & Wine magazine to talk about her alma mater, Oberlin College. Seems random, right? Well it all ties in to food (not wine) because Lena talked about supporting Oberlin’s cause of calling out the “insensitive” use of Japanese food on the campus.
The actor/writer said:
“There are now big conversations at Oberlin, where I went to college, about cultural appropriation and whether the dining hall sushi and banh mi disrespect certain cuisines.
The press reported it as, ‘How crazy are Oberlin kids?’ But to me, it was actually, ‘Right on.'”
The protest, which began in November, argued that the way Vietnamese and Japanese dishes were prepared were done so in”disrespectful” ways. One woman, Clover Lihn Tran, wrote that Bon Appétit, the food service vendor:
“has a history of blurring the line between culinary diversity and cultural appropriation by modifying the recipes without respect for certain Asian countries’ cuisines. This uninformed representation of cultural dishes has been noted by a multitude of students, many of who have expressed concern over the gross manipulation of traditional recipes.”
Yeah, but doesn’t college food disrespect EVERY cuisine, equally? I feel like part of the college experience is choking down some bad pasta dish, or burrito, or…banh mi. Hey, at least Oberlin has banh mi!
What do YOU think of the protest?
Posted Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 8:08am
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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!
Posted Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 9:09am
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There’s a lot of Kim Kardashian #belfie hate, but don’t count Lena Dunham as one of the haters!
Girl is quick to jump on board with having women do what they wanna do and be who they wanna be, so it’s no wonder that the Girls star is all about Kim doing her thing.
“I love the Kardashians – I love to look at them,” Dunham says in an exclusive clip from the Power Women Breakfast series hosted by TheWrap where she talked about her role as an activist. “I’m all about it.”
“Every version of being female and feeling powerful is f—ing great with me,” Dunham says. “I don’t have a problem with it.”
The Girls star and creator says people shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
“I have no interest in, like, getting on a soapbox and making decisions about what should make other women feel beautiful or feel healthy or feel strong,” said Dunham.”I think that’s a big part of the problem with the feminist dialogue on the internet right now is like, why are we screaming at each other?” Dunham, who recently turned 30, says of the backlash Kim Kardashian faced when she posted a nude photo celebrating her body.
“I don’t think there are important conversations to be had about, like whether Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie is like negatively affecting me or my child,” Dunham adds.
True- Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie isn’t really affecting anyone…or is it? I would hate to grow up in a world inundated with photoshopped nude selfies to compare myself to. So in a way, I think it does affect girls. But instead, I think we should give them new and different images to look up to, not shame the Kim Kardashians of the world.
What do YOU think about Kim Kardashian’s belfies? Love them? Hate them? WEIGH IN BELOW!
Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 1:13pm
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Lena Dunham is on the mer-mend!
After being taken to the hospital and undergoing surgery in March, the Girls star and creator shared that she is doing much better.
“I feel great. I feel really alive,” Dunham, 29, told People at the 8th annual Blossom Ball organized by the Endometriosis Foundation of America on Tuesday.
“I feel the general itchiness and strangeness that I always feel when I get dressed up for an event. But that’s all,” she joked about the disorder – which causes the lining of the uterus to grow outside of the uterus.
“I got much more rest time than the average woman with endo would probably be permitted, considering my job. I have been treating myself like a delicate, delicate flower.”
Dunham, who was honored with the Blossom Award, is about to film the sixth season of Girls so it’s good that she’s feeling good. The exploits of overpriveleged teens won’t write themselves!
“I did have a health crisis in February and March, but what was so amazing was that my jobs allowed me to rest and binge watch Kimmy Schmidt and lay with a hot water bottle, and do what it is I want to do,” she said. “And that’s not the case for so many women who have this disease.”
Posted Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 11:11am
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