Over the weekend Kanye West caused ~controversy~ by unveiling the video to his song, "Famous."
The video features Kanye in bed with a bunch of celebrities* in various states of undress, including a fully nude Taylor Swift.
The feud between Taylor and Kanye is well documented, and reports that she's "livid" are already circulating. But now Taylor's BFF Lena Dunham has publicly offered her opinion on the video.
Writing on Facebook, Lena described the video as "one of the more disturbing 'artistic' efforts in recent memory."
She began by saying how "sickening" the visual imagery of the video was in light of the recent Stanford rape case, sexual assaults being streamed on Periscope, as well as the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby.
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.
She went on to say that she found it unbearably uncomfortable to see women she "loves and admires" being "reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley."
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, 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.
Lena concluded by saying that the video was the latest example of society making women "feel unsafe in their own beds, in their own bodies."
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.