Lena Dunham Makes Howard Stern Grovel for 'Fat Chick' Comment

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Lena DunhamI'm not the biggest Lena Dunham fan in the world (I feel stubbornly, pointlessly resistant to her popularity the way I am suspicious of other suddenly ubiquitous trends, like the Paleo diet or those TOMS shoes), but man do I love her for how she handled being called "a little fat chick" by Howard Stern. Instead of veering directly to the low road and pointing out that Stern himself looks like the swept-up remains of Slash's last haircut attached to a rake, which is totally what I would have done, Dunham called into Stern's radio show on Wednesday and graciously accepted his groveling, cowardly praise.

Yeah, Stern pulled a classic bully move with Dunham by ripping her to shreds last week, then doing a complete 180 when she actually confronted him over the fact that he said she was a "fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill, and she keeps taking her clothes off, and it kind of feels like rape." He's singing a whole new tune now, thanks to Dunham's balls -- and his lack thereof.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Howard Stern hater. I often find him entertaining, and it wasn't exactly unexpected or out of character for him to say such a rude thing about Dunham. It was shitty, to be sure, but that's basically the persona he's built his career on, right?

But for him to back down like a whimpering dog when Lena Dunham called his show ... man, that's funnier than anything he could have come up with. After blasting her for being a "camera hog" and dishing out the insults on her appearance, yesterday he switched gears completely and gushed about how great he thinks she is:

I realize: Not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I'm in love with you and your character. I just wanted to tell you that I love you, and I think you're terrific.

Haaaaa! What a tool.

She didn't quite let him off the hook without addressing the obnoxious "fat chick" comment, pointing out that,

I'm not that fat, Howard. I’m not super-thin, but I'm thin for, like, Detroit.

At the end of the call, Dunham proved she's more of a good sport than Howard Stern will ever be by saying,

I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort to rectify [this], but whether you’d done that or not, I’d have remained a [Howard Stern] enthusiast.

Okay, that's it. I'm officially on the Dunham Fan Train. She's smart, funny, far more confident than 95 percent of Hollywood, and she's only 26 years old. Suck on that, Howard.

What do think of this celebrity kerfuffle? Team Dunham, or Team Stern?

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Sarah Dietz Bagley

I looooooove Lena. I literally cried during the Season 2 premier of 'Girls' on Sunday because I have never, ever seen an average-bodied lady, tattoos, flaws, and all (just like we all have), naked and proud on HBO or anywhere else for that matter! Sorry, I'm totally rambling (diagram that last sentence, I dare you!) but it was revolutionary to me. AND it was the same day that she won Best Actress and Girls won Best Comedy Golden Globes! Like I said: I absolutely adore her.

Sarah Dietz Bagley

....and, obviously, it was my first time watching Girls, and I'm looking forward to devouring Season 1.

MrsCh... MrsChurch

Love her. Can't wait to start watching S2 of Girls (yeah, I'm behind).

nonmember avatar blue

Blech, I find her so dirty and gross. I'm not sure I've ever agreed with Howard stern...but...I find his physical description spot on. He left out the bathing in grease part, though.

Laura Palmer

She's what normal looks like people, not everyone is a size six, I am overweight and I can appreciate what she does you should not be scared of who you are, and I love her show!

pinki... pinkiebling

I adore her, and her show.

Furry... Furrycreature

I had no clue who she was until I saw the golden globes. She seems nice but he is and will always be a complete scum bag.

OKgirl OKgirl

Lena Dunham's is obnoxious. Following her on twitter quickly changed my being a fan of Girls. She is pretentious and very full of herself. Yuck.

nonmember avatar Zack

Howard says that stuff cause he has 4 hours to fill and not enough material. Calling a girl fat or other brainless cracks is an easy way to get through another show. however this isn't about girl power. he did the same thng to mark wahlberg and others. he trashed them then when mark called in his drooled all over him saying "you can get any woman in the world." Howard is pathetic.

nonmember avatar Research

Do you actually research your articles or just make shit up? It was Howard who wanted Lena to call into the show, she didn't call in to confront him. He wanted to clarify his remarks. He didn't back down, he stood by them, but explained why he said them. He said his original comments after watching the first 2 episodes, then watched a few more and changed his mind. I guess no one's ever changed their mind before. That rape comment was blown out of proportion, his full comment was "She looks so young, every sex scene seems like rape." Do some actual research before you write an article.

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