Lena Dunham is taking control of her media image.
After using an analogy in a recent Time Out New York interview that compared Bill Cosby to the Holocaust, the star took to Instagram to express her regret. Dunham made the remark while discussing criticism Judd Apatow has received for his outspoken stance against Cosby in the wake of recent sexual allegations, with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris calling Apatow “obsessive.”
It’s sort of like saying someone’s obsessed with the Holocaust. It’s not, “I’m so angry about Hulk Hogan’s sex tape.” This is a huge issue, and it speaks to the way that we abuse power and the way that celebrity allows for injustice. Everyone else has gone, “Let’s hope it’s not true.” Chris Rock, who’s an incredible guy and who has a strong sense of social justice, has basically said, “We’ll see.”
In the Instagram post, Dunham also clarified comments made about stars Karen O. and Danny Devito.
Very excited about my pop art Time Out NY cover, photo by Danielle Levitt and popification by Chad Silver ❤️ My best friend and partner @campsucks interviewed me and it was a ball. However, I feel I didn’t properly express my respect & passion for Karen O. and Danny DeVito. Additionally I’m already aware comparing Bill Cosby to the Holocaust wasn’t my best analogy. With Love from your special rape-hating Jew friend LENA
The star’s decision to get ahead of reactions to the interview comes just as reports surface that Dunham has hired Judy Smith, the real-life crisis manager that inspired Olivia Pope’s character on “Scandal.” Smith also recently made headlines when she consulted with Sony after the hack.
For Dunham’s full interview with “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner, head over to Time Out New York.