Lena Dunham defends her controversial anecdote about NFL star Odell Beckham Jr.

'Girls' star says the anecdote was merely "my sense of humour, which has kept me alive for 30 years"

Lena Dunham has taken to Twitter to respond to controversy surrounding an anecdote she told about NFL player Odell Beckham Jr..

During an interview with Amy Schumer in Dunham’s own Lenny newsletter, the Girls actress recalled sitting next to the American football star at this summer’s Met Ball in New York City.

“I was sat next to Odell Beckham Jr. and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” Dunham said. “He was like ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog’. It wasn’t mean – he just seemed confused.”

Dunham continued: “The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f*** it? Is it wearing a… yep it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes’.”

Beckham Jr. has yet to respond to the anecdote, but some commentators on Twitter accused Dunham of being unfair towards the athlete and claimed her comments were a sign of her white privilege.

Responding to the accusations on Twitter, Dunham did not apologise to the athlete, but explained that the anecdote was supposed to say more about her than it did about Odell Beckham Jr.

“My story about him was clearly (to me) about my own insecurities as an average-bodied woman at a table of supermodels & athletes,” she wrote. “It’s not an assumption about who he is or an expectation of sexual attention. It’s my sense of humor, which has kept me alive for 30 years.”