Rightbloggers Continue Outreach to Women with "Lena Dunham is Ugly" Campaign

tomt200.jpgDespite their often admirable message discipline, sometimes our rightblogger subjects just don't coalesce around one newsworthy subject that merits our attention. Such was the case last week. We could attend their thoughts on Obama's NSA speech, but frankly when you've seen one wave of fake outrage by folks who only discovered the national surveillance state on January 20, 2009, you've seen them all. And most of them kept their mouths shut about the great libertarian distribution of poisoned water to West Virginians, for reasons that should be obvious.

So let's reach into the grab bag marked "rightblogger gold" and see what's up -- ah, we got the war-on-women ticket. Piece of cake! We can fill out most of a column on the brethren's latest rage-gasm over Lena Dunham and her clothed and unclothed body. And if we have to pad it, there's plenty more misogynistic crap where that came from.

Conservatives usually have one actress at whom they point their hate-ons against Hollywood, women, and Hollywood women; Jane Fonda and Barbra Streisand come to mind. In recent years the rightbloggers have adopted Lena Dunham as their hate pin-up, partly for her liberal credentials, partly because she has the nerve to appear on television as a sympathetic character without being skinny or having big tits.

Last week's MacGuffin was a peculiar offer by the feminist site Jezebel to pay a $10,000 bounty for unretouched photos from Dunham's recent Vogue magazine feature. Jezebel was, it seems, trying to make a point about images of women in popular culture.

Rightbloggers who tackled the subject were also trying to make a point about images of women in popular culture -- mainly that there shouldn't be any if the subject isn't skinny and doesn't have big tits, and especially if she's some mouthy liberal dame.

Some of them had been on the case since Dunham's Vogue spread was announced. "Vogue Mag Lowers Standards," headlined Albert Merrick at Ben Shapiro's rage-aggregator site, Truth Revolt. "'Girls' star Lena Dunham to feature on cover despite untraditional body type."

"The Daily Mail is reporting that Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is ready to 'violate a lot of Vogue traditions' to reach a younger audience," Merrick further reported. "The standards in question? The somatotype standards of beauty." Gasp! They have violated the tomatotype -- we mean the somatotype!

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You're oppressing me with your untraditional body type! Now how are me and the guys supposed to enjoy Vogue?
Never Yet Melted's David Zincavage certainly felt his somatotypography had been disturbed. "The elephant (sorry, Lena!) in this room of rage is that, let's face it, Lena Dunham really isn't that pretty," Zincavage analyzed. "Even glammed up for Vogue, those monster thighs lobster-clawing the neck of the guy who's bearing her on his shoulders really do have some 'perceived imperfections.'"

Lest you think this is just another internet troll harshing on one of the many, many women he will never have, Zincavage let us know he had a cultural point: "'body positivity' -- considering yourself a raving beauty no matter how much you weigh or what you actually look like -- is a central tenet of feminism," he wrote, and counterpointed a Slate author's explanation about how body image works thusly: "Yes, the point of fashion magazines is to 'make us all feel like crap.' That's why Vogue has 1.3 million subscribers. But let's go on pretending."

To recap, Vogue was deliberately sabotaging itself by featuring Dunham instead of someone who looks more like a stripper, for reasons unspecified but having to do with feminism. We suspect Zincavage feels that way about a lot of things.

"Vogue Fawns Over Lena Dunham, Ignores Low Ratings for 'Girls,'" wrote culture warrior Christian Toto at Newsbusters. Apparently Dunham only gets the star treatment because she supports Obama, unlike other TV stars. And the media does this sort of thing all the time: "Tina Fey also gets the media's full attention despite chronically weak ratings for her NBC series 30 Rock," reported Toto. "Fey's impression of Gov. Sarah Palin, however, earned the comic actress plenty of good will among media elites." Yet Greg Gutfield is stuck on Fox. It's just not fair!

"Melissa McCarthy, who stole the smash hit Bridesmaids and turned Identity Thief and The Heat into box office winners, might have something to say about Dunham's 'queen' title," continued Toto. "Then again, magazine scribes and audiences alike have no clue as to how McCarthy votes or what causes she supports." Don't they, Christian? Don't they? [Then the line went dead.]

Some rightbloggers dispensed with the Vogue angle and just talked about Lena Dunham being naked, which seemed to excite them, however much they insisted that she was unattractive.

When Dunham reacted with understandable irritation to yet another freelance somatotypist who'd critiqued her nudity as if it were a production value -- "If you're not into me, that's your problem and you're going to have to work that out with professionals" -- Robert Stacy McCain chortled, "WHOA! A man who isn't 'into' Lena Dunham has a 'problem'? He needs 'to work that out with professionals'? As in, reparative therapy?" Who's the fascist now libtards? McCain quoted some other wingnut comedians who agreed the femifascists were trying to force everyone to look at Lena Dunham's tiny tits ("Want to see Kate Upton nude? Sexist. Don't want to see Lena Dunham nude? Sexist"), and informed us that one of feminism's chief tenets is "it's sexist oppression for men to prefer some women over others." That's in The Female Eunuch, right?

"Oh and here's a recent pic of Lena Dunham," reported He-Man Women Haters' Club President Emeritus Ace of Spades. "Given her age and current income this is probably the peak of her attractiveness. It's not that she's ugly - mostly she's a tiny bit weakly cute in a very average way. Which isn't a crime and just makes her average-ish..." Later, after his orgasm, Spades wrote, "But I guess we're supposed to pretend she's a sex pot and swoon over her nudity or we're now misogynists or something." Then Spades claimed he'd never seen her nude, as if he were the type to pass up any link that promised nude female celebrity pics, not excluding Dr. Ruth's.

"I've been thinking a lot about Lena Dunham's naked body," said Andrew Klavan at Truth Revolt. "It's a difficult job, but someone's got to do it." Thank you, try the veal, it's politically incorrect! "Why the nonsensical over-reaction?" asked Klavan (he meant Dunham's, not his own.) "Well, obviously, it's because Dunham is not very pretty and she's also kind of fat." Klavan ended heroically: "I won't be told by a group of filmmakers who are using an actress's flesh for commercial purposes that it's somehow offensive for me to pass judgment on the product they're putting up for sale." High-fives to all the Spartacuses in the man cave!

"If You Don't Want To See Lena Dunham Naked You're A Misogynist Or Something," bannered The Lonely Conservative. You know, it's actually a great way for these guys to look at it -- now they've got a flattering explanation for why people are always calling them that.

DaTechGuy seemed at first to be eulogizing Russell Johnson, who'd played the Professor on Gilligan's Island and died last week. "He was the original MacGyver," said DaTechGuy. "Like James Doohan's Scotty, Russell Johnson's Professor Roy Hinkley inspired people to science." Also he served in World War II. "In short," continued DaTechGuy, "Johnson was a role model a person could watch that show and say I'd like to be like that. Think of this and compare it to the debate about Lena Dunhan's Girls..."

No, we're not even kidding.


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crozes999
crozes999

You can't polish a turd, despite the media's attempt to do so.  She's proof.  And she's an a$$hole to boot.  When the money runs out she'll still be buffugly.

Sangriamaine
Sangriamaine

THis article was drivel, and worse than that? It was a logically fallacious piece of crap intended to further a political agenda. Lena dunham is an unattractive, pitiable character, She has no redeeming qualities in looks or personality. Hating her is neither misogyny nor is it purely a right wing activity.


I understand theres not a lot of things for the village voice to write about that isnt rabble rousing, but this is scraping the bottom of the barrel.

berensalana
berensalana

As a woman and a liberal I am offended. I cannot stand lena dunham, her show is terrible and the fact that the media continues to shove her down our throats just makes it worse.

Clementine
Clementine

not only right wing men. I see pretty consistently comments on blogs or articles where people say please stop shoving her down our throats. I don't think they're all right wingers. I'm not.

Did you see the NYT has mentioned her 300 times since age 11? 300 times. That's a fact. Can we say she's had a little...help? I rememmber when I was young and I always saw the Hilton sisters mentioned in blogs and I had no idea who they were. Then someone told me they have a publicist push those stories.

So why is everyone pushing Lena dunham? The Hiltons paid for it because what else, but why are 40 and 50 year old writers telling me that Lena is so cool, and I just don't see it. 

Please stop. I don't hate women. I don't fat shame. I don't hate Obama but Lena Dunham turns me into ...RUSH LIMBAUGH


and Im not alone. Read the comments sections anywhere. None of the normal people can stand her its only these **GIRLS** obsessed fans. 

I care about those dolphins in Japan. I tutor undocumented kids I don't litter I'm a good driver Im nicer to the check out girl at DAgostino than I am to the CFO I'm a good person but if I never had to see Lena Dunhams face again I'd be so happy.


And she is so so ugly in the broadest sense of the word. If babies and flowers and thunderstorms are beautiful why can't I say Lena Dunham is ugly. I could never watch that show and watch her have sex. I'd become a monk or a junkie or something from the image burned into my retina.


Many women don't like her and its not jealousy. Would you want to be her and live her life for 1 day even. No no no no no

Joedee
Joedee

Funny that righties fail to see that equating physical beauty with virtue(political or moral) kinda makes you a Nazi. Oh wait, Nazis are leftists! Right.....

Binkconn
Binkconn topcommenter

She's not ugly; she's untalented. Big difference.

Stevart
Stevart

Hey Roy, the problem is that Lena and the gals' show doesn't even register as a blip on the ratings.  AND yet she is all over the place ahead or behind of any number of "controversies."  Which is the point really.  Fifteen minutes of fame is fleeting so why not do whatever is necessary before the free pass to the lunch room expires.  Whatever happened to the day when a multi-national corporate hack like this would be called out by the Voice. 

"I grow; I prosper.  Now, gods, stand up for bastards!"  King Lear, Act I, Scene II

glennisw250
glennisw250

"It's so easy to imagine her....."  Well, yes, that seems to be the modus operandi of the right regarding Michelle Obama. 

MrWonderful
MrWonderful

"Johnson was a role model a person could watch that show and say I'd like to be like that."

Forget the second grade run-on sentence.  These clowns use grown-up terms like "role model" the way Steve Buscemi's character in Fargo did.  "I suppose you think you're some kind of authority figure, huh?"  See?  I'm smott!  Not dumb like people say.

poincare_henri
poincare_henri

Imagine how these men treat their wives and daughters. In all likelihood, their wives and daughters look more like Lena Dunham than the Fox News fembots they fap to on a daily basis. Is there any doubt then that these blogging, Cheetoh-dust covered Adonises (e.g. https://twitter.com/DavidZincavage) derive equal pleasure from constantly reminding their wives and daughters of how unattractive and fat they are? Or, perhaps, they are more restrained in their interactions with their less-than-beautiful female family members. Perhaps, by angrily dwelling on something as frivolous as the nudity and somatotypical mediocrity of a starlet whose show they have never watched - nor will ever watch - these blogospheric beefcakes (e.g. Pete Ignemi - aka DaTechGuy: http://bit.ly/1mt2AtG) are merely projecting their true feelings of the women around them, feelings these little men dare not express in person.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@Sangriamaine ...and yet, you're a misogynistic asshole.  Funny, that.  Well, pathetic, really.  But you know.

Sangriamaine
Sangriamaine

@Joedee  funny how liberals equate disagreeing with their world view as being a bigot. 

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

So...you're admitting you're a bad person?  Or what?

roy84
roy84

@Stevart  "Whatever happened to the day when a multi-national corporate hack like this would be called out by the Voice." Oh, come on; you know the Voice has always been kind to alt-phenoms, whether they've crawled out of slums or were emitted by star-making machines. Similarly, some people always turn up to bemoan the days when the Voice was something other than what it is, though they seldom cite examples.


Even the bit where conservatives flip out when the media pays attention to some chick they think is ugly isn't new. What *is* new is 1.) They're so eager to associate it with politics, as if their taste in women were the equivalent of foreign policy or public education; and 2.) They've gotten really hilariously bad at writing.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@Stevart Exactly!  And the only solution to this "problem" is to spew an endless torrent of misogynist filth at her.  THAT'S sure to make her go away!

Stevart
Stevart

@poincare_henri You doth protest too much, in all likelihood.  Really...sounds like pure projection as your gall is way to overweening.  HA!  Odd how prescient Hamlet AND Billy boy were before Nietzsche re political correctness.  "Somatotypical mediocrity."  Jezus H.... Get thee to a nunnery. 

Sangriamaine
Sangriamaine

@roy84  roy ole pal, it aint just right wingers who think she is ugly. thats pretty ridiculous of a claim to make.

Sangriamaine
Sangriamaine

@GeoX @Stevart  no you mean accuse anyone who dislikes her of being a misogynist, thats SURE to work too.


whats the liberal mantra? When in doubt call them a racist, a bigot or a woman hater right?

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@Stevart I like how your flimsy pretext of being some sort of "intellectual" so quickly gives way to DURRR YER GURLZ IS UGLY.  It's also kind of funny how you think vaguely gesturing at famous writers makes you look smart.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@Sangriamaine @roy84  But it IS just right-wingers who furiously masturbate to how UGLY UGLY UGLY they think she is.

Sangriamaine
Sangriamaine

@GeoX @Sangriamaine @Stevart  you are obviously not too right, or maybe just a deliberately dense tool.


Saying someone is ugly isn't misogyny. But sadly in your twisted moonbat world you see gender, race, nationality etc.. first.


So much for your egalitarian world where people can be insulted without it being a hate crime.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@Sangriamaine @GeoX @Stevart  Maybe if you want people to avoid calling you a misogynist, you should stop spewing horrible misogynist garbage?  It's just crazy enough to work!

Sangriamaine
Sangriamaine

@GeoX @Stevart  I like how the liberals dont even bother with pretext- "if you dont like lena dunhams looks you are a woman hater" attitude. Nice.

aa11b2
aa11b2

@GeoX @Sangriamaine @roy84 

"What an unpleasant creep you are.  Really.  What a horrific experience it must be to be you."

I heard somebody say that once, not very long ago. Oh, it was you........My My, POT KETTLE BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@Sangriamaine @GeoX @Stevart What an unpleasant creep you are.  Really.  What a horrific experience it must be to be you.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@aa11b2 It's weird how I occasionally get email updates about long-forgotten columns and then they turn out to be strange broadsides by barely-literate trolls who--I can only assume--think they've said something coherent and possibly even cutting.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@aa11b2 It's weird how I get email updates about long-forgotten columns and then they turn out to be strange broadsides by barely-literate trolls who--I can only assume--think they've said something coherent and possibly even cutting.

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