Last Sunday, millions of us tuned in to watch the annual 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
If you’re anything like me, you plopped down on the couch just in time for the red carpet coverage and watched as dolled up TV icons exited their large limos.
One of the celebrities to make their way down the carpet was creator of HBO’s “Girls” Lena Dunham — a personal favorite of mine.
I sipped my cheap glass of wine and watched as Ryan Seacrest interviewed Dunham. When she crossed paths with actor Claire Danes, I was surprised to see that the two are former close friends.
Dunham and Danes shared a moment together on the red carpet, raving about one another’s talent, looks and personalities.
But what surprised me more than the girls’ secret friendship, was the way that The New York Times reacted to their brief encounter.
I realize that the red carpet is viewed as a time to judge what everyone decided to drape themselves in that day, but if you ask me, The New York Times took their opinion a little too far.
According to Huffpost Celebrity, an article posted on Sunday by the New York Times commented on the ladies’ garb, saying, “Ms. Danes turned out in a Giorgio Armani tulle confection that showed off an ethereal, if slightly skeletal, frame. What Ms. Danes lacked in pulchritude, Lena Dunham of ‘Girls’ supplied in abundance, wearing a coral-rose-patterned Prada gown that (somewhat sloppily) showed off her curves.”
In simpler words, the article clearly identifies Danes as too skinny and Dunham as too heavy. And I thought we were just saying whether or not we liked their dresses.
Unfortunately, Dunham has been repeatedly ridiculed for being an overweight actor — someone who, according to society, needs to shed a few pounds.
But what a number of people don’t understand is that Dunham is the perfect role model for girls in today’s world. With the constant pressure to be “model thin,” Dunham represents something realistic — something beautiful.
By calling Dunham out for not being a size zero, The New York Times is sending out a hazardous message for people who want to be like Dunham.
Moreover, I also find a problem with their representation of Danes. We tend to think that being called “too skinny” is desirable, when in reality, it can hurt just as much.
The solution here would be to stop judging women by their weight and start judging them by their personality or talent, but unfortunately, I don’t see that happening any time soon.
If I have learned anything from HBO’s “Girls,” I am almost positive that Dunham will not let The New York Time’s comment go to her head.
Instead, she will continue to be her quirky, admirable self — serving as a sensible role model to others.