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Lena Dunham Apologizes to Odell Beckham Jr. Over Met Gala

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    In this March 8, 2015, file photo, Lena Dunham arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : "Girls" held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Dunham is apologizing to New York Giants football player Odell Beckham Jr. for making "narcissistic assumptions" about his motivations in an article published Friday her Lenny Letter. Dunham apologized Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, on her social media accounts, saying she projected her personal insecurities onto the football star and presented them as facts.

    Lena Dunham is saying sorry to Odell Beckham Jr. after facing criticism for what many considered were reverse-sexist, racist comments made against the NFL player.

    In an interview with Amy Schumer published Friday on Dunham's Lenny Letter, the two comediennes lamented over the 2016 Met Gala. The Girls star relayed how she imagined the New York Giants star's reacted to being seated at her table, writing, "...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. He was like, 'That's a marshmallow. That's a child. That's a dog.' It wasn't mean—he just seemed confused."

    "The vibe was very much like, 'Do I want to f--k it? Is it wearing a … yep, it's wearing a tuxedo. I'm going to go back to my cell phone,'" Dunham added.

    But now, following an onslaught of Internet hate, the 30-year-old explained her commentary came from a place of insecurity. Shared on Instagram Saturday, Lena wrote, "I owe Odell Beckam Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don't rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it's hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage."

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    She continued, "This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he'd rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts."

    Dunham then called the backlash she felt "valid criticism," adding, "I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don't know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he's having or what his truth is."

    "But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men," the star admitted.

    "I'm so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone and may also just be shy. The fact is I don't know (I don't know a lot of things) and I shouldn't have acted like I did," Dunham concluded.

    At this time, neither Schumer or Beckham Jr. has commented publicly on Dunham's statement.