Lena Dunham Gets Revenge on Howard Stern for Saying She Looked Like Jonah Hill
I know! I know. You’re tired of hearing about Girls, but this is not about Girls, although I will say that, as someone who has championed the show in the past, this season has been difficult to watch because the characters are validating a lot of the complaints the Internet has had about them over the years, and they have become so unlikable that the show has become something of a chore to watch.
So it’s actually nice to be able to separate Hannah Horvath from Lena Dunham, who does have a sense of humor, and who does not make me want to send her to a meat-packing factory for a week so she could find out what it’s like to actually earn a living. The real Lena Dunham appeared on Howard Stern’s birthday bash slash roast over the weekend, and honestly, showing up at all says a great deal about her, especially after Howard Stern had called her “a little fat girl who kind of looks like Jonah Hill,” and complained that “she keeps taking her clothes off and it kind of feels like a rape.”
During the roast — which unfortunately was captured poorly with a cell phone from the back of the crowd — Dunham joked in response to Stern’s suggestion that Dunham’s boyfriend could “get a hotter piece of ass” that she was surprised that Stern’s wife “Beth could be with someone who looks like a cartoon of a Jewish female horse.” She also joked that it looked like Stern, at 60, was inspired by one of her childhood heroes, Rhea Perlman.
“Seriously, I lost 15 pounds to be here tonight,” she mused, and also refuted her mother’s claim when Dunham was a kid that Private Parts was misogynist, joking that she could tell the difference between a misogynist and someone that just couldn’t get laid.
She finally ended her segment by sincerely calling Stern a “champion of women,” which … no. Absolutely not. But, props to Dunham for appearing in front of what was clearly a hostile audience.