Lena Dunham has denounced Kanye West’s “Famous” video on Facebook, coming to the defense of her friend Taylor Swift and other women who are depicted in the video.
“I don't have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f*** 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,” the Girls creator wrote in a lengthy post.
Dunham also wrote: “I know that art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable. But this feels different…
"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.”
One published report claims Swift is "mad as hell" and that she feels like “she's been assaulted."
The video to “Famous” features the line: “I feel like me and Taylor Swift might still have sex, I made that b**** famous.”
The video also depicts President George W. Bush, who in 2005, West claimed “does not like black people,” following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
A spokesperson for President Bush wrote in an email: "In case there was any doubt, I’ll state the obvious: that is not President Bush. He is in much better shape."
Chris Brown, who is also depicted in the video, is seen lying next to ex-girlfriend Rihanna, seemed less offended, writing: "Kanye crazy, talented, but crazy."
It's unknown how the video was made if the likenesses of those in the video such as Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Amber Rose, Ray J, Kim Kardashian and others are wax figures, body doubles or computer generated.
The artist who inspired West to craft the video, Vincent Desiderio, has also spoken out about the short film.
Desiderio crafted a painting in 2008 called “Sleep,” where naked people are sleeping under white sheets in a long bed.
In an essay for W Magazine, the artist wrote: “After a series of missed calls and frantic text messaging I came to learn that I was being invited to fly out to Los Angeles the next morning to meet the acclaimed artist, and that Kanye, 'being a tremendous fan' of my work — I’m using quotes, because one hears that phrase so often in the art world that it might as well mean, 'I have no idea who you are and please don’t call me out on this' — wanted me to be present at an event the Forum in L.A. No other information was given."
He called the video: “A feat of magic.”
Stephen Colbert mocked the “Famous” video on The Late Show by superimposing himself in bed with the celebrities.