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Kristin Lai

Lena Dunham, creator, director, writer, executive producer and star of HBO's hit show Girls, has never been one to hide her troubles and insecurities from the world of social media. For instance, she might be famous, but she's still subject to the same harsh UV rays as the rest of us.

A breath of fresh air from the usually airbrushed and seemingly perfect starlets that grace our Instagram feeds, Dunham is willing to bare it all, good and bad, for her fans. But recently the Not That Kind of Girl author has decided that Twitter is no longer a place where she feels safe.

After posting to Instagram with a picture of herself in a pair of her boyfriend's boxers, Dunham reportedly faced an onslaught of cruel comments on her Instagram and Twitter pages.

While talking to Re/code podcast about her current project 'Lenny Letter,' Lena Dunham discussed the mean comments that have been directed her way:

It wasn’t a graphic picture. I was wearing men’s boxers, and it turned into the most rabid, disgusting debate about women’s bodies, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon.
I have two feelings: A) I don't want to share my space like this, but B) The teenage girls who come to my page because they want to see what I'm reading, or see a picture of my weird underwear-eating dog, or see what Jenny in my office looks like, I don't want them seeing a picture of me in my boyfriend's boxers and then be told that I'm obese, and that anyone who looks like me is repulsive...I don't want that in the space.

Lena Dunham later continued the discussion of social media and her personal life and cited how situations like the one above are why she chooses to no longer engage with her Twitter followers.

Dunham confirmed that the tweets on her Twitter are from her, but she's no longer directly posting to or looking at the site.

I don't look at Twitter anymore. I tweet, but I do it through someone else.

She went on to say that she still appreciates anyone who wants to follow her, but for her mental and physical safety, it's best she just takes a step back.

I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, and so I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely, but it really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me.

Personally, I appreciate talented people like Lena Dunham who are happy to share so much of their lives, the good and the bad, with their fans. No matter your opinion of a person, how about we all just be a little nicer to one another.

(Source: Re/code, Time)


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