Annie Leibovitz Photographs Lena Dunham with Legs Wrapped Around Adam Driver's Face. Click Bait or Misleading Headline?

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Annie Leibovitz Photographs Lena Dunham with Legs Wrapped Around Adam Driver's Face. Click Bait or Misleading Headline?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 15, 2014 | Comments ()

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Lena Dunham, whose HBO show, Girls, kicked off its third season on Sunday with two episodes clearly designed to provoke controversy by featuring women who speak words aloud, is now set to appear on the cover of Vogue. The cover photo, taken by Annie Leibovitz, features only the face of Dunham, a not-so-subtle suggestion that A) Dunham’s body doesn’t rate for the cover of Vogue, or B) Leibovitz is attempting to court controversy by intentionally using a non-controversial photo.


In either respect, I think we can all agree that the polka dots are gratuitous and offensive, and that they do not service the photo, and that it is imperative that we express our opinions about them, whether those opinions are well-formed or not. More importantly, we must all line up and announce to the world whether we would hit that or if we would not bang, and then all agree on the that we would totally tap Marnie’s ass, regardless of our opinions about Girls, the TV show.


We must also react in a knee jerk fashion to the suggestion on the cover that Lena Dunham is the “New Queen of Comedy,” with one of the following statements (please circle your choice):

A. How can she be the queen of Comedy if no one watches her show?

B. Just because I don’t like the show doesn’t make me a sexist. I just don’t think Dunham is funny.

C. Why isn’t Allison Williams naked as often as Lena Dunham is?

D. Why is this show called Girls if the only interesting people on it are the boys?

E. I have a boner the size of [insert metaphor]

F. Misunderstand the intent of this post and call me a jerk/douche/asshole

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  • Jezzer

    I saw the headline and was -- for the first and only time in my life -- getting ready to give Lena Dunham an appreciative compliment, because I assumed that meant she would be shielding me from having to look at Adam Driver's face.


  • I really miss Vogue's "fashion-as-art" covers. I'm not by any stretch a fashionista - current or aspiring - but it was interesting to see the arty, over-the-top covers.... they were different from all the other rags on the check-out shelf screaming "210 Ways to Please Your Man with Chicken!" and "Organize Your Closets the Way Faith Ford Does!" and "Your Secret Invite to the Friends Wrap Party!"

    I don't want Vogue to relate to me or care about my interests. I want it to grab my eye and make me think, "Holy crap, is that woman wearing an ostrich for an earring? Because it's working for her."

  • oilybohunk7

    I'm just not a fan of the mouth slightly parted, scared, lost little lamb facial expression.

  • Yocean

    G. ALL of the above ideally, but I can only get behind B in reality.

  • AvaLehra

    I'm totally not kidding when I say that I love those damn Big Bird shoes.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It says Lena Dunham on the cover, but I think it's Rose Byrne.

  • Shush with that - Rose Byrne fan

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Is there anything wrong with that?

    To be fair, the ... person on the cover really could be anyone or even a mannequin.

  • The only thing wrong with it is that you're right, and I totally see it, and now I'm going to hear shrill pro-Girls tirades in my head every time I try to watch Bridesmaids or Damages.

  • io

    Why is nobody asking the right question?! What in Godtopus' name are those yellow monstrosities eating her feet?!

  • stryker1121

    Muppet Shoes, obvs.

  • I found your joke about boners to be quite...humerus.

  • Aaron Schulz

    I think its important to note that boners will always elicit a chuckle from me. Love that word, Boners. Yeah im 12 leave me alone.

  • A, B, C, D

  • F'mal DeHyde

    S. Never seen the show but thinks she looks cute on the cover.

  • jon29

    Your question implying that my boner was knee-jerk was a very clumsily stated question that’s offensive on it’s face, and you should read it and discuss it with other people how you did that.

  • J4Sho

    I didn't really understand that sentence, but the words boner jerk and face caught my eye so I read it like five times.

  • E. I have a boner the size of [Lena Dunham]. And it, too, has polka dots.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You should get that checked. Seriously, dude.

  • Yeh, don't be like that guy who had the bike erection accident.

  • Yossarian

    We don't have the heart to tell him it's herpes

  • The first 2 episodes of season 3 were better than most of season 2 combined, probably because these episodes actually have several main characters in them at once. The show doesn't work near as well when everyone is in different places. The opening scene of the first episode was hilarious, too.

    Judge the work, not the ancillary around it. If you don't like it, move on. I don't get people's need to ceaselessly talk about something they hate. It's unhealthy. get over it, find something that makes you happy, and do that. If what makes you happy is grousing about things you don't like then I guess just keep doing that until you die miserable.

  • lingli

    I liked season 2 more than season 1 - funnily enough, my husband, who is about as far from the target audience as I'd imagine you can get, is a bigger fan than I am.

  • John W


  • AngelenoEwok

    I'm about to go ahead and say something that I've kept silent about for too long.

    I really, really like her show. I am a fan. I think the characters' flaws are funny and well drawn, and I enjoy that it's neither a)a sitcom where people behave abominably but seem to keep relationships, plum jobs, and swanky apartments anyway or b) a drama where people get stabbed at weddings or shot for messing with someone's drug empire. There's no serial killers or zombies lurking about. There's a level of verisimilitude that I don't find on laugh track shows, but the stakes are still delightfully low.

  • G. Tired of this whole thing and can't wait for it to go on hiatus again.

  • manting

    The show is meh. Its sex in the city for hipster girls.

  • BWeaves

    I thought Sex In The City was Sex In The City for hipster girls, back in the day.

  • Word.

  • John G.

    to play devil's advocate a little bit, Lena Dunham has already shown us her body on her terms, so while Vogue is not treating her as good enough for a full body shot, Lena herself has already one up'd the whole industry on that.

    And this is VOGUE we're talking about here, which is a fashion magazine, and Lena Dunham is one of the most fashion challenged people on Earth. I think they've done us a favor in not showing us whatever that polka dot monstrosity does below the frame.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    As a guy who has seen Frances Ha and thought it was a charming personal movie I'm starting to wonder if I should give Girls a chance.

    If only to see what the fuss regarding Lena Dunham's brand of comedy is all about and if the criticism directed towards her is misguided or not.

  • Spidey Super Comments

    Stop being a jerk. It's a good show.

  • randomhookup

    Wait... is "metaphor" a metaphor for boner? Because I have the sudden need to insert my metaphor.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    This is quite a lovely picture of her - personality showing, attractive, and I really love the excessive polka dots.

  • JenVegas

    Agreed. I find it really difficult to get worked up over this or the shot of Mindy Kaling because both are such beautiful photos of them. Starting to feel the fatigue of Too Many Things To Be Angry Over and can't quite muster it up for ohnoes maybe Annie Leibovitz thinks her body is too lumpy for a cover.
    Maybe Annie Leibovitz said "hey I'm a world renowned photographer and I think this is a really great shot. Let's put this on the cover."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Well, Dustin's heavy on the sarcasm for this post and is on record as liking the show, so I know he's not actually outraged. But yes, general "outrage" over too many stupid things lately.

    Besides, it would be Wintour deciding she's too chunky. And that's certainly a possibility, but since this particular result is so attractive...*shrug* Actually way more personality in this cover than in any last year.

  • JenVegas

    Sorry, yes I wasn't referring to Dustin's outrage...just in general on this issue since it's been floating around the internets lately.

  • But...but...I DO have a boner the size of [insert metaphor]. And I WOULD like to talk about it.

    I feel this is a trap. YOU ARE SO BONERCIST!

    /runs off crying

  • Bonercist, eh? Sounds painful.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    This was supposed to be a safe place, for bonerses of all metaphorical sizes! And now it's ruined!

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