Kanye West's New Video Makes Lena Dunham Feel 'Unsafe'

| by Michael Allen
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Actress Lena Dunham said on June 27 that Kanye West's new video for his song "Famous" makes her feel "sad and unsafe."

The video premiered at the Forum in Los Angeles on June 24, reported Billboard.

The video features computer-created images of naked celebrities in a giant bed: George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby were all included.

"It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video]," Kanye told Vanity Fair. "It’s a comment on fame."

Dunham, who has appeared nude on her HBO series "Girls," wrote on her Facebook page:

Let's break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat... As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined...

While Bill Cosby's crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness... 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.

Dunham then recalled how her father painted nude scenes and her mother photographed naked people, adding that she enjoys various sexual and nude pieces of art by various artists.

Dunham later wrote:

I don't have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f--- 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.

Dunham went on to offer a personal message to Kanye:

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.

Sources: Vanity Fair, Billboard, Lena Dunham/Facebook / Photo Credit: MarylandFilmFestival/Flickr

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