American football player Odell Beckham Jr committed the most heinous and unspeakable crime last week, the one of being a man. What the guilty body chose to do so brazenly was not speak to a nearby woman stranger, and instead, look at his phone. Shocking I know. The woman did not try to engage him in conversation, but why should she? She deserves his unrequited attention.
The woman in question was Lena Dunham. Instead of realising that this man was a stranger, she constructed an entire mental dialogue of why Odell Beckham Jr. did not notice her. Worst of all, she tried to fabricate it as the truth.
"I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr. and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me, and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards," Dunham said on her podcast. "He was like, 'That's a marshmallow. That's a child. That's a dog.' It wasn't mean — he just seemed confused."
Lena Dunham represents the dark shade of feminism, that just want to grab men by the balls and yell, “Patriarchy,” with no regard for whose private parts they are fiercely squeezing on. Dunham and her screaming hordes have not read any Donna Harraway, and while the suffragettes endured hunger strikes, the closest discomfort they have ever felt during her activism is a sore Twitter finger.
What makes Lena Dunham so dangerous is that she is an influencer, with her 4.8 million followers, and an official member of Taylor Swift’s empowering girl squad. People listen to her and her squad, and when their core message is falsified it damages the cause it is trying to represent. The fight for equality does not need people sitting behind screens with hashtags and fake outrage over trivial issues like the lack of male nudity in Game of Thrones. It needs real activism, that targets real issues. This means marching in the streets over real issues like the gender pay gap and fighting for an equal distribution of wealth for everyone.
The toxicity of the pseudo-feminists is at its worst when attacking someone like Odell Beckham Jr, an innocent man who had done nothing wrong. In a sport that is riddled with domestic abuse cases, drug charges, animal abuses, and other controversies, figures like Odell Beckham Jr. are positive icons with promising futures. A future which can be tarnished at any moment by the allegations and malice of Lena Dunham and those like her.
In response to Dunham straw manning the young athlete into a closet misogynist, Odell Beckham Jr. said very plainly, “I don’t have enough information to really speak on it. We’ll see what happens from there. I never want any problems with anybody in this world.”
Modesty is the sign of a great sportsman and an equally decent person. Can we please have more people like Odell Beckham Jr. and less like Lena Dunham?