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.

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