Film & TV

Jezebel Got Their Unretouched Lena Dunham Vogue Photos (UPDATED)

Film & TV

Jezebel Got Their Unretouched Lena Dunham Vogue Photos (UPDATED)

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Yesterday Jezebel put out a request for unretouched photos of Lena Dunham’s photo shoot in Vogue. Depending on your perspective it was either an effort to “keep the conversation going” about our ideals of the female body, or, as their critics pointed out, and there were many, a cheap stunt designed to piggy-back off the gold mind of Dunhamclicks. Jezebel‘s Lena Dunham Stunt Is a Public Service, Not a Shaming Tactic, wrote Slate. Why Jezebel’s ‘Bounty’ For Unretouched Lena Dunham Images Is Seriously Misguided countered the Huffington Post.

The site offered $10,000 for evidence of how Annie Leibowitz’s photos forced Dunham into a position that she is regularly lauded for pushing against, the false-perfection standards of femininity. Today they got them, and… Well, and not much. It looks like Vogue has done what everyone already knew they, and most other magazines do. The important thing for Vogue, and Jezebel, and Bullett, and literally every website that is going to write about this today, is that we’ve all flung ourselves off the edge of the bottomless Dunham pit and are spiralling headlong into the abyss.

As an aside, how many people do you think watched the season 3 debut of Girls the other night when it first aired? Ten billion? You’d think so based on the amount of coverage the show gets from the media. It was actually 1.1 million, which is right around the number of people that were watching whatever happened to be airing in that time frame on HBO before the show existed. The season 2 debut got about 880k viewers. Season 2 averaged  about 632,000 viewers for  each original showing. Adding in On Demand and later viewing, the number goes up to about 4 million per episode, which is, coincidentally the exact number of bloggers working at the moment. You know what they say, not many people watched Girls, but everyone who did went on to start a think piece.

UPDATE: Lena Dunham has finally responded via twitter, and her reaction is no surprise: