Lena Dunham, we used to sort of like you.
Lena Dunham started out with promise and backlash, and now she's getting mostly backlash. The GIRLS creator, born to rich and well-connected parents, earned viewers' love by getting naked a lot despite not having a typical Hollywood body. (As a guy, this seems weird to me, because anyone can get naked, so maybe we shouldn't praise anyone in particular for doing it. I was naked earlier today and no one gave me a TV show.)
It's been interesting to watch what's happened with Lena Dunham and her career the last few years.
At first, people who made fun of her were trashed for being shallow and stupid. Then she tried to get some jugglers or other random opening performance artists to open up for her while she was on a book tour, but she (or, rather, her publisher) wasn't going to pay them. Then everyone got mad, so she decided to pay them. No one seemed mad that she was going to have jugglers open up for her though, which was weird to me.
Then, most recently, Dunham's gross story about looking at her little sister's vagina, masturbating next to her in bed and bribing her with candy for attention when they were kids came to light. The missive is in Dunham's book, Not That Kind Of Girl, and critics of Dunham claim these are acts of molestation and sexual abuse. Dunham has aggressively denied the charges, and depending on who you ask, either rightfully or indignantly so. She was seven years old and she nor her sister really knew what they were doing, making charges of deliberate molestation and sexual abuse a little wonky, though masturbation in the same bed as your younger sibling when you're 12 probably should raise a few eyebrows.
It's a tricky, gray area, because both sides of the issue can potentially trivialize sexual abuse by harping on Dunham or not harping on Dunham: What she did as a pre-teen was no doubt inappropriate, but what she did as a younger child may be attributed to little kids "playing doctor" depending on the context of it all, which only she and her sister really know.
More than anything, the story is weird and gross and way too far. Not necessarily in an illegal way, just in a "TMI" sort of way. It seems like she may have finally crossed that line that people like her always cross, where they stop being charming and start being obnoxious because they're running out of other ways to grab and keep your attention. Here's a breakdown of her career's rise and fall in GIFS.