Kanye West’s NSFW music video for the infamous “Famous,” possibly his most controversial and latest single off of “The Life of Pablo,” has Lena Dunham up in arms.
“The Famous video is one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory,” Dunham wrote in a Facebook post. “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.”
The video, which recreates Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep” painting, includes Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, George Bush, Bill Cosby and Caitlyn Jenner along with West’s wife, Kim Kardashian. Although Dunham appreciates nudity in art, this wasn’t up her alley. She spoke out about the negative effects some ventures can have on women.
“I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f–k that one hurt to look at, I couldn’t look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna [Wintour], 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,” she wrote.
Although Dunham thinks Kanye is “cool,” she urged him to streamline his creative expression and move away from harmful gender and cultural archetypes.
“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,” she wrote.