If you were one of the numerous people who followed Lena Dunham on Twitter, then you’ll likely be disappointed to hear the outspoken Girls star has decided to she’ll no longer engage with fans via that particular form of social media, citing a rash of abusive comments that left her feeling disturbed.
“I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, and so I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely,”; says Dunham in a Re/code podcast, explaining that she’s keeping her Twitter account active but will now have someone else post tweets for her.
As for why she felt she needed to disengage: “It really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me.”;
Citing “verbal abuse,”; Dunham points to a photo she posted of herself on Instagram in which she was wearing underwear.
TBH this was a rough week. It felt like my body, my hormones, my general sense of well-being were betraying me. I wanted to crumple into a pile or hide like a sweatshirt in the lost and found. And I felt as though there wasn’t a way to ask for the space and time I needed without hurting someone else. What a shitty feeling, but isn’t that the reality for so many of us? I am certainly no self-help guru but here is what I know tonight: when you take the time and space you need, kindly and responsibly, you’re suddenly available to the people you love in a whole new way. There is no other answer (except Calvins… Nothing gets between us.)
“It wasn’t a graphic picture,”; said Dunham. “I was wearing men’s boxers, and it turned into the most rabid, disgusting debate about women’s bodies, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon,”; she says (although her Instagram account remains active).
“Even if you think, like, “Oh I can read, like, 10 mentions that say I should be stoned to death and kind of, like, laugh and move on,’ that’s verbal abuse. Those aren’t words that should be directed at you ever. And so, for me personally, it was safer to stop [using Twitter].”;