Why Lena Dunham And Nicki Minaj Disagree Over The Worst Site For Your Mental Health
Lena Dunham quit the celebrity boxing ring known as Twitter because she couldn’t deal with the bullies. She explained via podcast “Even if you think, like, ‘Oh I can read, like, 10 mentions that say I should be stoned to death and kind of, like, laugh and move on,’ that’s verbal abuse. Those aren’t words that should be directed at you ever. And so, for me personally, it was safer to stop [using Twitter].”
At Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit yesterday, she expanded, saying “The environment [on Twitter] became so hostile that it couldn’t possibly be okay for me to be reading this stuff.”
Considering Twitter is the home of such unforgettable A-List feuds as Meek Mill vs. Drake and Nicki Minaj vs. Tay-Swift, not to mention thousands of anon-accounts who are dedicated to bashing the rich and famous, we have to agree that any celebrity who signs up for an account has to be emotionally prepared. It’s disgustingly easy to target a famous person when one mean comment on their page is lost in a flood of hundreds. But all those comments have got to add up, especially when it comes to a person with such strong, unapologetic views as Lena Dunham.
Dunham’s a smart girl: she knows that her eagerness to lay out her entire life for the world to see is troll bait. But she’s also soft, which is why she left her Twitter in the hands of some nameless assistant, even though she’s still down with Instagram. At least there, she can report her haters and get their accounts blocked. “I love reporting people. It’s my main source of power. There’s no reason I should be spending so much time reporting people except that it’s such a fucking joy,” she said at the Summit. She also explained, “The presence of images and no character limits [on Instagram] creates a much less toxic environment.” Most of us know that the unrealistic images on Instagram are EXACTLY what makes it a toxic environment. But whatever: Lena’s in her own world, and Nicki Minaj, champion of the people, is here to set her straight.
Nicki, who is always quick to throw a 140-character diss at anyone who offends her, revealed in the New York Times how insecure she feels on Instagram, ‘‘where everyone is freaking drop-dead gorgeous.’’
‘‘People’’ — celebrities, that is— ‘‘are posting pictures of working out, and then there’s a change in their body and they say it’s because they were working out! Ah-hahahaha.’’ Nicki Minaj is inarguably one of the most beautiful girls on the planet. She has very little (maybe nothing) to be insecure about. Lena, on the other hand, could probably benefit from a little more humility. So, why the difference of opinion between these two ladies who are each boss in their own way?
It’s because Nicki, at her core, is a role model: she will call anyone out on their bullshit, on any platform, and she’s fiercely protective of her fans. Her issue with Instagram comes from concern over us, the sheltered plebeians, who look up to celebrities and hold ourselves to impossible standards as a result. Whereas Lena’s entire career is a shrine to herself: she doesn’t want people to look up to her, but she does want people to be in awe of her honesty and “complexity”. When that complexity is challenged, everything that Dunham has built comes crumbling down.
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