“Girls” actress Lena Dunham and Twitter are over – or at least that’s Dunham’s vow.
On Monday, Dunham told Kara Swisher in a Re/code podcast that she had quit engaging with other users on Twitter. The reason why? One too many nasty encounters on social media.
“It really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me,” she said.
Dunham says the issue isn’t only with Twitter. On Instagram, she was attacked by some commenters when she uploaded a picture of herself in her boyfriend’s boxers after she said her dog ate all of her underwear. A “rabid, disgusting debate” ensued about women’s bodies and some scalding comments criticized the star’s body.
“My Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon,” she recalls.
- Lena Dunham
The caption for the picture above reads:
“TBH this was a rough week. It felt like my body, my hormones, my general sense of well-being were betraying me. I wanted to crumple into a pile or hide like a sweatshirt in the lost and found. And I felt as though there wasn’t a way to ask for the space and time I needed without hurting someone else. What a shitty feeling, but isn’t that the reality for so many of us? I am certainly no self-help guru but here is what I know tonight: when you take the time and space you need, kindly and responsibly, you’re suddenly available to the people you love in a whole new way. There is no other answer (except Calvins… Nothing gets between us.)”
Dunham said this is part of the reason she no longer reads Gawker blog Jezbel, which she says is now “almost entirely full of snark and cynicism.” This is also why there isn’t a comments section on Lenny, her new email newsletter which debuted in September. For her publication, she wants to create “snark-free” space that her readers still find funny.
Three days after her interview with Swisher, Dunham wrote this tweet clarifying that she still does compose her own tweets, even if she doesn’t read other people’s:
Dunham joins a long list of celebrities John Mayer, Jaden Smith, and Louis C.K., who all at some point vowed to ditch the social media platform in one form or another, according to The New York Times.