Lena Dunham has called the video for Kanye West‘s song ‘Famous’ “sickening”.
The clip features wax figures of naked celebrities laying in bed. Included in the video’s roll call are Swift, George W. Bush, West, Kim Kardashian West, Amber Rose, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour and Ray J.
The video is apparently inspired by Vincent Desiderio’s painting ‘Sleep’.
Dunham published a post on her Facebook page, in which she described it as “one of the more disturbing ‘artistic’ efforts in recent memory”.
As Pitchfork reports, the Girls creator wrote: “Let’s break it down: at the same time Brock Turner is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts for a group chat… As assaults are Periscoped across the web and girls commit suicide after being exposed in ways they never imagined… While Bill Cosby’s crimes are still being uncovered and understood as traumas for the women he assaulted but also massive bruises to our national consciousness… 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.”
While she recognised that West was presumably trying to comment on some of society’s issues, she said watching the video made her “feel sad and unsafe and worried”.
“I’m sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement, that I’m probably being trolled on a super high level. I know that there’s a hipper or cooler reaction to have than the one I’m currently having. But guess what? I don’t have a hip cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (fuck 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.
“I know that art’s job is to make us think in ways that aren’t always tidy or comfortable. But this feels different.”
She concluded: “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.”