Lena Dunham manages to offend much of Detroit with weight joke, but was it racist?


Give Lena Dunham all of her generation’s awards? It’s an interesting suggestion, but it comes a bit late. She’s already won a Golden Globe, was named one of Glamour’s “Women of the Year” and was among The Atlantic’s “Brave Thinkers” of 2012. None of that impressed Howard Stern, who called her “a little fat girl who looks like Jonah Hill.” Dunham called in to Stern’s radio show Wednesday to set things straight, saying, “I’m not super-thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit.”








It is a bit of a stretch to call the remark racist, but people are flexible that way. The Daily Beast “reached out” to BET writer Yesha Callahan for her reaction, and Callahan was not amused. Is it time to add “Detroit” to the Handbook of Racist Code Words?



Dunham’s show “Girls” may have swept the comedy category at the Golden Globes, but not everyone’s a fan, especially now.



  • Joseph Phillips

    She’s thin for whales.

    • Jack Deth

      She’s petite, Joseph.

      The way a Clydesdale horse is petite.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        I picture more of a rhinoceros.

    • http://twitter.com/equaltreatment Elaine

      Her comment was totally RACIST! We all know what she meant.

  • wwbdinct

    Sorry – thin for Detroit is definitely a “racist” statement. Shame, shame, shame on you little piggy. Ooops- sorry. I offended pigs everywhere for that statement.

  • rwnutjob

    Skanks shouldn’t diss dysfunctional cities

  • Maxwell

    Hey if the left can play the race card nonstop, the right should too. I say this comment was racist.

    Ok, in all seriousness, it probably isn’t racist, but it’s definitely idiotic. It also makes absolutely no sense, since Detroit isn’t exactly known for fat people.

    • cgraham77

      You’re right, its not known for fat people, its known for black people. Hence, its not a stretch to consider it a racist statement.


        Wow. She’s incredibly intolerant of fat people, black people, and the Detroit region. What a hypocrite.

      • Garth Haycock

        When I hear the city of Detroit mentioned, the first thing that comes to my mind are cars, not people.

  • rinodino

    I’m not super thin, but I’m like thin for a truck driver or a coach potato.


    Rush Limbaugh

    • ZoriahShepard

      Congrats. With wit like that you’ve now qualified to be a writer for “Girls”.

    • wwbdinct

      Maybe – but I’ll bet you don’t have the money Rush has – and I’ll bet you sure as all hell wish you did. And you can deny that all you want you skanky little lefty but you’re nothing but an envious, jealous pig! Oops – I offended pigs again. I really don’t mean to because I think pigs are so cute and have an important place in this world. Lefties don’t.

      • WisconsinPatriot

        Muslim repellent…..oops

    • lainer51

      I’m not super moral, but I’m like moral for an impeached, previous President.



      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        Don’t forget serial rapist too!

        • RightThinking1


    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

      al Franken called, he wants his jokes back.


    Hm, no sweetheart, you’re just fat.

  • Ty Pryor

    The only thing thin about her is her skin.

  • J.N. Ashby

    To be fair to Detroit, part of Michael Moore’s leg fat hangs over part of the city…

    • APW

      You know, I can totally see lena dunham and michael moore as a couple

      • WingedBishop

        You mean they’re not already one?

        • Grandma HeadInjury

          She’s a couple without him.


  • louisiana_mom

    I’m sitting here picturing the outrage if one of Sarah Palin’s daughters had made this statement…

    • lainer51

      OMG – you are so right!! Can you imagine?Those loser/loony/libs made up the story about Sarah’s youngest son being Bristol’s… total, unequivocal, blatant lie – you know, what THEY do best (because the alternative is actually have a discussion)

    • Michael Hampton

      No one would have heard it if they made that statement.

  • Kate

    Ugly inside and out.

    • nc

      Careful, Kate. I made a comment after the awards show that I thought she was “unattractive” and several posters jumped all over me calling me a “hater” and a “pathetic little man” (I’m a woman), and I forgot what else.

      But I agree with you 100%.

      • wwbdinct

        Pffffttt. Who cares what the dumbasses who are always screaming “hater” think. You were right.

        • nc

          Oh it didn’t bother me a bit. I thought it was funny. But I still thought a friendly warning wouldn’t hurt, just in case.

      • lainer51

        why? she is unattractive… no law against that.

        • WingedBishop

          in her case, there should be.

          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            Hit every branch falling out of the ugly tree, huh?

  • GaryTheBrave

    I think pigs are so cute and have an important place in this world.

    Yeah, like bacon.

    • wwbdinct

      Well, I’m a vegetarian but I wouldn’t deny you your bacon.

  • Steve_J

    She’s just “big boned” and she does look like Jonah Hill, bless her heart.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Bless her heart!

  • fivebyfive

    who would name thier SON lena?

    • lainer51

      her father, Joyce Carol Oates.

      • Frank Drebin

        Would he?

        • lainer51

          ok, so she is a spawn of Woody and Ms. America..

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        LOL! omgosh… I’m dying… quit it.

    • Charles Harding

      My dog is named Lena – because she was rescued on Catalina Island.

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Ashley Broad wants to take down the porcine Lena Dunham. Les Gold will supply her with the brass knuckles from American Jewelry and Loan #HardcorePawn

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.mouland.908 Brian Mouland

      Put my money on Lena if she was fiighting Seth

      • TheOriginalDonald

        Maybe, but then Les would have security TCB.

  • $129448

    she needs to get her teeth fixed and take a shower

    • Teresa Davis McCormick

      it won’t help but if she ever steps foot in Detroit she might get them rearranged for free.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Doesn’t detroit have enough problems already without adding bulimia to the list?

  • WingedBishop

    Who is Lena Dunham? Is she the one that played Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks?

    • Grumpa Grumpus


      No, not chipmunks—

      I think she’s the one who played Godzilla’s body double for the lava shower scene.

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      She won 2 Golden Globes and will win a few Emmy’s as well for her show about modern feminism. I know you conservatives like your women in the kitchen poopin’ out babies with guns in their hands. She shows a different option.

      • MissQuinn82

        I have seen ‘Girls’ and if that’s modern feminism, i’ll gladly burn my female card. And being well armed with a kid in my hand is not the worst way to live life. If I can get a stand to prop Darkness at Noon on while breastfeeding and reloading, life would be TOTALLY complete. I’m kinda sarcastic here, but a stand to prop a book on would totally rule.


      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        A lonely option. Or your option.

  • michael s

    yes the cow made a racist statement.

    • TexSizzle

      Your race card has been rejected because it is over the limit. Please submit an alternative form of payment.

  • Agent_Zeero

    I’m sorry…what is a Lena Dunham?

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    Well considering my mother and her family are from the Detroit area, and are not overweight, Dunham’s managed to p!ss me off yet again. >.<

  • fivebyfive

    And a fata$$ everywhere else

  • Dick Beninya


  • George Washington Mclintock

    You know it’s interesting that she seems to annoy a broad spectrum of people by being a walking, talking coastal liberal stereotype. There’s the immature lack of courtesy and respect. She’s mouths all the hard-left feminist confusions about sex,relationships, and women’s issues. There’s the entitlement of her privileged background, and her classic coastal liberal assumptions that being from the East Coast and a few personality affectations makes her interesting. She is basically hits all the check marks of a Julia, and so is showered with unearned praise by the liberal media, but she doesn’t annoy just Cons. Lot of girls seems to relate to her even as they vow not to be her. She’s very far from the most grating person working the in the entertainment industry, and I’m not for ripping on women for their weight. I can even respect how she called in to Stern to talk. HOwever, savvy advocates and pundits for traditional values should be using her to make our case to young women.not calling her fat and untalented.

    • Grumpa Grumpus

      @George Washington Mclintock:

      Well, except she is untalented, provably so.

      But yes, you’ve correct: calling her fat will drive fence-sitters in her direction.

  • RightThinking1

    I am no admirer of Dunham, and in fact had never heard of her before the pro-O video. But fair is fair, and it seems to me that the header; “Lena Dunham manages to offend much of Detroit..” doesn’t say a great deal. I figure that much of Detroit are already among the perpetually offended.

  • Kele Johnson

    I’m sorry, why is she famous? I only know her as the girl who salivates over Bill Clinton.

  • rhodi

    If you sliced opened her head, you would find that its nothing more than an echo chamber.

    • Garth Haycock

      I disagree. I say that her head is solid bone.

  • ozconservative

    I think this beer will be my last for today…..she’s starting to look cute.

    • Jim Denney

      HaHa … don’t finish it. You’re already dangerously over the limit.

    • RightThinking1

      I wouldn’t worry, you’re clearly too far gone to actually *do* anything 😉

  • stuckinIL4now

    The fact that this frumpy frock is winning awards is proof positive that we live in mediocre times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    She’s thin compared to the Pillsbury Dough Boy…well …..let me think about that for awhile.

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    No one lives in Detroit. So who was offended again? Slow day for shoveling manure at your minions Michelle?

    • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

      Maybe you need to inform the 700,000+ who live there. In fact, take yourself personally to town and inform them.

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        @Randi Starr:

        OTOH, do you know anyone who actually lives there?

        Perhaps it’s dwindled into a zero-population mail-drop and DumperCrat “vote battery”… maybe someone should send scouts.

    • Gallatin

      Michael Hampton : “I’m not super-smart, but I’m smart for, like, hollyweird.”

      • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

        Funny. I don’t recall saying that.

    • lainer51

      really?? gee you must know more than I do.. because I “thought” I knew someone that lived there; I talk to her every Sunday evening, but since YOU said NO ONE lives there, I must be talking to a ghost. Thanks for setting me straight, genius.

      • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

        Was she offended by this comment?

      • Grumpa Grumpus


        OTOH, do you know anyone who actually lives there?*¹

        Perhaps*² it’s dwindled into a zero-population mail-drop and DumperCrat “vote battery”… maybe someone should send scouts.

        Wow! Progressives really do lack reading comprehension!

        *¹: Notice the entire sentence is written in the mode of a question.
        And notice, I ask if the person knows anyone there— I don’t claim there’s no one in the city— and also notice the question mark ( that’s that little “?“-thingie at the end). That little shepherd’s-crook mark means I’m not stating an opinion but I’m asking a question.

        *¹: The word “perhaps” at its head, which in this case signals that the sentence which follows is conjecture That bit of nuance is followed with the words “maybe” and “should” which flag a query.

        Don’t feel too bad: you’re the result of a mis-education system designed to create non-thinkers.

        If U no understand yet I tell U more times simple way.

        • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

          Grumpa, sorry to say, but your ire is misdirected, in this case.

          • Grumpa Grumpus


            1st: Thank you very much for correcting me!
            *says Old Man Red-faced from top of bald pate to white beard*

            In this case, It really looks as if his response is to me… both where it’s placed and the content look like a slam on my comment.

            I’ll admit I was perplexed: even though my memory’s not that good for current things (ie, eg. incidents in the current month) I can’t remember getting in a scuffle with Lainer51. My impression of him isn’t as a Progressive.

            I crave Lainer51’s pardon!

            I’m not well enough (pain level spiking about 9) on Saturday (and today) to get out of bed, so I’m on the Droid Incredible (“DInc”) to visit the forum, trying to take my mind off how I feel.

            The DInc version of Twitchy doesn’t show who comments to what, just the post #. I’m usually very careful but I now realize feeling somewhat under the weather’s left me spoiling for a fight.

            I’m not editing nor deleting it b/c I don’t think that would be honest… too much like what NYT does when caught w/hand in cookie jar.

            But you kids know “netiquette” and forum etiquette better than I… what is appropriate?

            Again! Thank you! I am truly sorry!
            Please forgive me for misdirected Grumpus-ing!

      • Grumpa Grumpus


        Please forgive my comment directed at you! On m y Driod Incredible it’s content and placement make it seem a slam on my comment.

        I am told it isn’t directed to me!

        My memory for incidents in the near past (ie, eg the last month or so) is unreliable, still, I don’t remember getting in a scuffle with you, but that you are pretty reasonable. In retrospect, feeling somewhat under the weather has made me spoil for a fight.

        I don’t want to fight with friends, though! I don’t want snide words between us in the time I’ll be with my “Twitchy Family” (as my wife refers to you-all)!

        I crave your pardon! Thank you for listening!

  • Rick Hess

    Who is Lena Dunham? Does she do crappy tv shows that most people won’t watch?

  • Perry

    Lotsa food in Detroit. Gonna cause an electric storm, all those EBT’s being swiped!

  • orringtonmom (D)

    the thing is, she called into howard stern to say this… she thought up this “joke”, thought it was funny and right up the howard stern listener alley and went for it. there was plenty of time to say to herself “wait… what? naw, this would be against everything i stand for as a woman and would make me a total hypocrite.” but she didn’t. yet another example of what happens when people keep telling you how awesome you are when you are in fact, not.

  • Cal

    So why is this girl suddenly “famous” for being in a (stupid) Obama ad?

  • Gallatin

    I swore I wasn’t going to comment here but I can’t take it any longer. Twitchy please remove the picture of that cow lena dumbham from the heading so I no longer have to see the twit when I open Twitchy.

  • http://twitter.com/VindicatorGC VindicatorGC ✠ III%

    I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for like, Lena Dunham.

  • David Shrock

    I’m going all in with bloated tick!

    • Grumpa Grumpus


      The problem w/using “bloated tick” is that it’s too general a term: it applies to the entire Progressive Class, bloated on the Fruit of other’s Life’s Blood.

      • David Shrock

        Nail on the head good sir.

  • RIChris

    It simply sounds as though Dunham propositioned Detroit but respectful of her feelings, they declined, using the excuse that she was too thin.

  • Terry

    Detroit population is under 11% white per the 2010 census. It’s a totally bigoted comment from an elitist NY chick who is fat, flat, and has an ugly tat. I didn’t even know who she was so had to wikipedia search…

  • Constance

    Forget about her weight. She’s just an unattractive woman – all over.

  • el_polacko

    i felt a little sorry for her at the golden globes. she had great difficulty getting to the stage so i assumed she was disabled. turned out she had just never tried to walk in heels before…hahaha…true story. plus she looked ridiculous stuffed into her ill-fitting gown. this is the new role model for young girls ?!?

  • http://ITSPEOPLE.com/ Tantalus XVI

    Why do I enjoy laughing at this girls misfortune so much? Please be more to come. Btw don’t piss off those back girls, they are already mad at you for not putting them in your show.

    • http://ITSPEOPLE.com/ Tantalus XVI

      by the way how does a woman look like a teenager in one commercial but looks more like early 40’s in a basic Google search? Dare I say feminism?

  • http://youtu.be/efJUFlD1S8Q DaleVM14W

    So, what’s all the whining about? Lena does have a point here.

  • SideTraKd

    What I never got about her is why people would ever want to watch her having simulated “sex” on her show… She’s totally NOT attractive to me at all… To each their own, I guess…

  • http://twitter.com/Sam_Howard6 Sam Howard

    Who is Lena Dunham?