Lena Dunham dropped some pounds and the results are bringing out all the internet trolls. Dunham is being accused of being a hypocrite for losing weight when she’s been such a strong supporter of the body positive movement.
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The movement encourages people to love their bodies, but the trolls don't seem to get that loving yourself and changing your eating habits or becoming more active aren't mutually exclusive. Not to mention that the “Girls” star suffers from a painful condition called endometriosis and has said these positive lifestyle changes help her to cope.
This week during a visit to “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” she opened up about the criticisms she been getting since appearing slimmer at the red-carpet grand opening of trainer Tracy Anderson’s New York City flagship store.
“It’s just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called things like ‘bag of milk’ on the internet — ‘bag of milk,’ ‘baby cow,’ ‘aging cow.’ I just never felt self-conscious about it,” Dunham told host Ellen Degeneres. “I was like, ‘Anyone who is going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet isn’t someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.’ Then I had this experience of my body changing.
“Suddenly I got all these people saying, ‘You’re a hypocrite. I thought you were body positive. I thought you were a person who embraced body types of all sizes,’” Dunham said. “I do. I just understand that bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen.”
Thank you for this @Refinery29. I feel I've made it pretty clear over the years that I don't give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body. I've gone on red carpets in couture as a size 14. I've done sex scenes days after surgery, mottled with scars. I've accepted that my body is an ever changing organism, not a fixed entity- what goes up must come down and vice versa. I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I'm proud of what this body has seen and done and represented. Chronic illness sufferer. Body-shaming vigilante. Sexual assault survivor. Raging hottie. Just like all of YOU. Right now I'm struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight loss isn't a triumph and it also isn't some sign I've finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME--at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I'm doing with it, I'm not handing in my feminist card to anyone. So thank you to my girl @ashleygraham for writing so gorgeously about this on @lennyletter (link in bio). Thank you to @tracyandersonmethod for teaching me that exercise has the power to counteract my pain and anxiety, and to @jennikonner for being my partner in FUCK IT. I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after pictures. Don't we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to? So much love to all my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit has nothing to do with their size, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted. I love you- Lena
And for those trolls that may have missed the episode, she clapped back via Instagram as well. Not only did she address the backlash, but she made it quite clear that her body is hers and that she does not accept the negative commentary.
“I feel I’ve made it pretty clear over the years that I don’t give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body,” she said in a message to her 3 million followers. “I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I’m proud of what this body has seen and done and represented.”
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