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Lena Dunham gave Gawker and Jezebel a very backhanded compliment on ‘Girls’

Jan 27, 2014

Lena Dunham mentioned Gawker and Jezebel last night on “Girls” in a long, backhanded complement. However, it’s extra ironic since this was written and filmed before Jezebel put a bounty on Dunham’s unretouched Vogue photos photos, causing her to recoil from them. Here’s the conversation her character Hannah had with Adam after (SPOILERS) Gawker released information about her dead boss:

Hannah: Gawker is reporting that they won’t be releasing the toxicology report, so we’re not going to know…

Adam: Gawker?

Hannah: Yeah.

Adam: You’re getting your news from Gawker?

Hannah: They report on media, and I’m a media-ist so it’s where I’ve gotta get my news.

Adam: Okay, when you die, how would you feel if a bunch of judgmental creeps, celibate against their will, snarkily reported on every fucking detail of your body decomposing.

Hannah: Well that’s not what’s happening here. This is a very very nice eulogy. Listen: “Goings, Goings, gone. David Goings, publishing’s most flamboyant power player, makes a waterlogged exit worthy of a Bret Easton Ellis character.”

Adam: That’s fucked Hannah. Those are a bunch of jealous people that make a living appealing to our basest desire to see each other kicked while we’re down.

Hannah: I don’t agree, okay? It is a web portal that celebrates the written word. And its sister site Jezebel is a place where feminists can go to support one another, which we need in this modern world full of slut shaming and…

Adam: Well I think that shit gets into your head and makes you one of the bad guys.

Hannah: Well I think you need a place where you can gather up the information that is relevant to your industry and then discuss it with other like-minded indivudals. That’s why the comments board is so important to me and that’s why I’ve made so many e-friends. Why are we fighting about this?

All in all, the description of Gawker as a haven for “media-ists” is a great summary of the site, and Dunham says some very flattering things about Jezebel. I love the idea of Hannah as a fervent Jezebel commenter. Maybe for the show’s next publicity stunt, we’ll start seeing comments from a Hannah Horvath handle around the site.

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