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Since he released the music video for his song “Famous“, Kanye West has faced a barrage of criticism.

In the video, the 39-year-old rapper can be seen in bed next to wifey Kim Kardashian. The video also has other famous people portrayed in the video like Taylor SwiftRay J, Caitlyn Jenner, Billy Cosby, Amber Rose, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour and George W. Bush.

For now the video is only available to stream on Tidal here.

Girls” creator and lead actress Lena Dunham has written about her views on the show via her Facebook page.

Read below.

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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.

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.

I was raised in the art world by a dad who painted aggro scenes of sexuality and war and a mom who, ironically enough, has photographed some butt naked life-sized dolls of her own. I live for the nude rabble rousing of Carolee Schneemann and Hannah Wilke, for Kathy Acker’s arty porn, for Paul McCarthy’s gnomes with butt plugs and Vito Acconci masturbating under the gallery floor and Carrie Mae Weems shedding a blinding light on the pleasures and terrors of black womanhood. If it’s been banned, I’ll probably love it. Because I know that art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable. But this feels different.

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. I hesitated a lot about saying anything cuz I figured the thinkpieces would come pouring in. But I didn’t see this angle being explored as much as I had hoped. It’s weird to feel like you’re watching alone. I bet I’m not.

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.

Lena Dunham Cake

Y’all, I’m so sick of showing up to the party angry. But at least I brought cake.

8 Comments

  1. adele

    June 28, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    i love you lena

  2. Bey

    June 28, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I find this video quite disgusting, disturbing even.
    I don’t think it’s okay to use an image in d likeness of someone, body parts and all, without the persons permission.
    It is wrong on all levels.
    Kanye has totally lost it, and kim just follows him about like a lap dog.

  3. bii

    June 28, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Now dats a rant Lena but unfortunately ‘kolework’!
    Cnt wait to see vid

  4. Cee

    June 29, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Lol @ the BN writer…”someone portraying Taylor Swift”??? Err no, it’s a wax figure. That much should have been obvious before writing the article

  5. Juwon

    June 29, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Yea, I don’t think Lena Dunham, the same person who admitted to molesting her sister, and the same person who reduces the female characters on her show to nothing more than sexual objects/neurotic messes should have anything to say on the this subject.

  6. hezekina pollutina

    June 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Kanye has run out of ideas. I am not watching that video. My eyes please. But Lena is boring too. Lena its only ok when you objectify women right? You are a woman so it ok when you do that? Your hypocrisy is smelling. You are gonna tell Kanye the right way to project sexuality. Well this is his bloody perspective, its annoying but luckily everyone has the freedom to express themselves. Just as much right as you do.

  7. "changing moniker"

    June 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Lena is such a hypocrite. that her stupid show.
    Kanye has lost it, won’t be surprised to hear he committed suicide or smthg.

    NB: This doesn’t qualify as praying for someone;s death. I am a child of God and i know better than to do that.

  8. Prince

    June 29, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Kim and his family has finally finished this guys talent and inputs that rubbish ideas on him. Such a nasty video but maybe he’ll have his reasons and opinion. just hope they’re sensible enough

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