Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ video makes Lena Dunham feel ‘sad, dangerous and worried’
Lena Dunham loves art. She loves Kanye West. But at the moment, she doesn’t like Kanye West’s art.
In fact, she calls the video “Famous” “one of the most disturbing” artistic “endeavors in recent memory.
The harsh words of a woman we know have no problem with nudity. Dunham took the video – wait, Kanye calls it the “visual” for his song – in the context of violence against women.
“Now I have to see the recumbent, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they’ve been drugged and thrown aside by a raging man?” She wrote on Monday on Facebook. “It makes me feel so sickeningly sick.”
The video – again, the “visual” – includes an array of famous figures naked and tangled in sheets, at least some of them faked, who have somehow featured in the life of Kanye and the Famous World: George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Ray J., Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby. West is in the center with Swift to his right and his wife to his left.
Looks like Dunham was touched both on a personal and feminist level: “Famous” is the song where West says, “I feel like Taylor and I might still be having sex,” because, says he made her famous. . “And Lena and Taylor are best friends.
The project debuted Friday in a few screenings during a promotional event at the Inglewood Forum which was attended by thousands of people, and there was a screening in downtown LA on Sunday night, West tweeted a few hours before it happened. There is also a snippet of footage on at Rolling stone, but other than that, the video only lives on Tidal.
Well, it’s on the streaming service and will be on E! Network, home of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, at 7 and 11 p.m. Monday evening, according to Afternoon Tweeter of the rapper. Think Dunham won’t set up his DVR?
I know there is a more hip or cooler reaction to be had than the one I have now.
Lena Dunham opens up about Kanye West’s music video for “Famous”
“I was brought up in the art world by a father who painted aggro scenes of sexuality and war and a mother who, ironically enough, photographed naked life-size dolls. I live for the naked crush of Carolee Schneemann and Hannah Wilke, for the arty porn of Kathy Acker, for the gnomes with anal plugs of Paul McCarthy and Vito Acconci masturbating under the gallery floor and Carrie Mae Weems casting a blinding light about the pleasures and terrors of black femininity, ”said Dunham, hopefully to put her opinions into context and not just to drop a bunch of artistic names. “If it was banned, I will probably love it. Because I know that the work of art is to make us think in a way that is not always orderly or comfortable. But it looks different.
The play, West explained to Vanity Fair, is “not for or against any of the [the people in the video]. It’s a commentary on fame.
This hold seems to be lost on Dunham.
“Here’s the thing, Kanye: you’re cool,” she wrote. “Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever comes to mind!” But I can’t watch him, I don’t want to watch him, if he feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own bed, in their own bodies. .
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