Lena Dunham is speaking out for the first time about Jezebel paying $10,000 to get the unretouched images of her Vogue cover shoot.
The Girls creator and star did tweet about it when it first happened, writing “10k? Give it to charity then just order HBO,” and “Some sh-t is just too ridiculous to engage. Let’s use our energy wisely, 2014.”
She’s now going much deeper into her thoughts on the incident. She told Bill Simmons from Grantland in an interview, “That was messed up.”
She also said it kind of ruined the site for her, one that she once enjyoed. “I think Jezebel is really smart and funny. I think it’s just like once you’ve been attacked that way it’s hard to enjoy,” she explained, E! Online reports. “It’s hard to enjoy once you feel like they’ve made such a monumental error in their approach to feminism.”
Still Jezebel writer Jessica Cohen has remained adamant that the debacle was not an attack on Dunham, but Vogue itself for changing how women look with photoshop. But Dunham was happy with the shoot, saying she felt “completely respected” by Vogue and was grateful for them getting rid of “the one line” on her face.
“For me it was just sort of—I can’t be half-in. It felt gross,” she said. “I didn’t talk to [Coen] who did it directly, but I can’t imagine the reaction made her feel particularly great.”
She added she was disappointed Jezebel nor Cohen took any responsibility in the fact that the photos were barely retouched.
“Instead of saying, ‘Hey, we kind of f–ed up. These pictures aren’t that retouched. Lena, enjoy the Vogue spread you’ve been excited about since you were 8 years old,’ [Jezebel] was like: ‘She’s not retouched, but she could have been.’ It was this weird almost like political maneuvering that I just had a lot of trouble respecting.”