“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?” Dunham wrote. “It gives me such a sickening sense of dis-ease.”
The “Famous” video — which premiered at a viewing event at the L.A. Forum in Inglewood, Calfornia, on Friday — features the naked images of a handful of celebrities, including Rihanna, Chris Brown, Bill Cosby, Anna Wintour and Dunham’s friend Taylor Swift.
“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 posted.
Dunham sees the visuals for the “Famous” video as insensitive given the news around recent sexual assaults, including the case of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner and the uncovering of Bill Cosby’s alleged crimes against women throughout his career. West’s nude depictions of the celebrities in one bed, side-by-side, was especially unsettling for Dunham.
“Kanye: you’re cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind!” she wrote. “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.”