Odell Beckham Jr. really couldn’t care less about Lena Dunham’s mess

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Lena Dunham spent days, if not weeks or months, thinking about Odell Beckham Jr. They were seated at the same table at this year’s Met Gala, and according to Lena, Odell barely spoke to her and spent most of the time on his phone. As we learned in Lena’s latest Lenny interview, which was released last Friday, Lena projected a lot of sleazy, misogynistic and racist bulls—t onto Odell’s general indifference. At first, Lena tried to double down and say that it was all a joke and she’s just so insecure, you guys! But then she finally apologized, while somehow still making the apology all about herself, the most special snowflake in the entire universe.

Throughout the controversy, Odell didn’t say anything. He didn’t tweet about Lena, he didn’t Instagram or Snapchat about her, he didn’t release any statements. It wasn’t clear that he was aware of her existence even after the kerfuffle. I took that as Odell being classy – when someone behaves so inappropriately, why not just let them dig themselves out without offering up anything? Well, Odell did speak this week. He chatted with Complex at a GQ party – he’s in New York, having fun, catching the US Open and launching a capsule collection of Odell-designed sweatpants. So what did Odell have to say?

Odell Beckham Jr. may be the only person in the country without an opinion about Lena Dunham’s opinion about Odell Beckham Jr. When asked last night at a private party at GQ’s penthouse in Manhattan about pop culture’s latest controversy du jour—in which the creator of HBO’s Girls described how she thought the Giants’ wide receiver perceived her as, among other things, “not the shape of a woman by his standards,” despite never actually exchanging words with him—Beckham remained decidedly neutral.

“I don’t have enough information to really speak on it,” he told Complex. “We’ll see what happens from there. I never want any problems with anybody in this world.”

[From Complex]

The rest of the interview is just Odell talking about the sweatpants he co-designed with David Helwani. Helwani and Beckham are asked at the end of the piece if their sweatpants are suitable for all people, perhaps someone like Lena? Helwani says, “I’m sure she’ll look good in it.” And Odell agreed, saying: “Absolutely.” So, what do you think of Odell’s reaction? It just feels like… damn, as if we needed any more evidence that Lena Dunham is an a—hole, right? Odell is so non-controversial. He literally did nothing to Lena and hasn’t even cared enough to pay attention to the controversy. Meanwhile, Lena has constructed a five-act tragedy around their vague encounter.

Odell also spoke in the locker room about the controversy and he invokes the words “bad blood.” IT’S A SWIFTSPIRACY.

Odell Beckham responds to Lena Dunham.

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  1. Nicole says:

    *insert Mariah Carey I don’t know her GIF here”

    • grabbyhands says:

      Totally what I thought of too!

    • Shark Bait says:

      Yes yes yes! That’s exactly what I thought of!

    • tegteg says:

      hahaha that’s perfect. Also, Kaiser’s line is gold: “Meanwhile, Lena has constructed a five-act tragedy around their vague encounter.”

      • Placebo says:

        That’s why she is Taylor’s friend. Both play the victim all the time and make everything about themselves.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Good for him, he handled the situation with the perfect amount of maturity and grace with just a sprinkle of snark.

        GO GIANTS!!!!

      • delorb says:

        @placebo,

        I’m cringing just thinking of the two of them together. It must be one huge circle-jerk of victimhood.

    • C'est la Vie says:

      Beautifully done. An answer that puts Dunham firmly where she belongs. In the shade. He could care less about the publicity she’s desperately trying grab, because in show biz terms, particularly in LA, she’s getting really old and really tired.

      Why this no talent, overpriviliged grad from Oberlin – I was accepted there and chose not to go myself. You might want to guess why – it’s full of whiny children, in the middle of Ohio. Scary. And if anyone remembers the singer Liz Phair, she went there as well – then presented herself, much like Dunham as a downtrodden feminista a.k.a not what I consider a true feminist. I remember one interview with Phair where she talked about needing to buy her “resort wear”, plus she had grown up on the mean streets of one the richest suburbs in the U.S. – Winnetka, IL.

      • lurkingweirdo says:

        Yes, Ohio is terrifying as I remember it. Sheesh.

      • C'est la Vie says:

        Looking at Kitten’s posts on 6., I completely agree and it’s so well put by Kitten and others.

        And Lurking, yes Ohio can be truly frightening. LOL!

        But to clarify the thirsty and offensive, beyond belief grab that Dunham made for attention, it definitely comes from living in a nice, safe bubble of a place your entire life, where the worst thing that happens to you is the breaking of a nail. She reminds me of Chris Evans’ new fling (can’t remember her name) who looks at him as her ideal 7th grade boyfriend! Well, that’s a good idea for the basis of a new relationship.

        Hope nothing truly awful happens to these women (who don’t even really seem to consider themselves feminists or seem to care about anything but themselves) like the breaking of a heel of a Louboutin!

  2. Kitten says:

    I love him so much. Perfect reaction. Just emphasizes what a clueless idiot Dunham is.

    • BeBeA says:

      Ikr, we’ll let Alice play in that rabbit hole all by her lonesome, no need to follow!

    • Shambles says:

      Right? And now all I want are some new sweatpants. I bet his are really soft. F*ck Lena Dunham, just GIVE ME THE SWEATPANTS.

      • Wren says:

        I was thinking that too. Normally I don’t go in for celebrity designed stuff, but I could totally break that trend for comfy rad sweatpants.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      He really seems like a stand -up human being. If only more men ( well, okay, people in general) could be that unflappable.

      • Birdix says:

        He’s not unflappable–see Josh Norman, Giants/Panthers–they were tossing out homophobic slurs and he went bananas. Then everyone stopped talking. He knows the best way to put a lid on this is to stop talking about it. Smart–she’d be a silly distraction.

    • kate says:

      Me too, looove the man. Pure class. I don’t know this Lena,never watched her show but she sounds way to angry.

    • I Choose Me says:

      He wasn’t on my radar but damn, he sure is now. Aside from seeming like a really sweet, chill guy he has lovely eyes, cheekbones and great skin. Wonder if he uses moisturizer or should I chalk it up to genetics?

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      He could not have handled that more perfectly. I don’t follow sports but he’s my fave sports person now! Lol.

    • ladysussex says:

      Odell seems wise beyond his years. His mama must have raised him right.

  3. Barrett says:

    Omg this guy is just chill. Lena Dunham is drama. She’s immature and spoiled. Time to grow up if she wants a platform like the Lenny Letter.

  4. Erinn says:

    His response was more professional than the vast majority of celebrities. Hats off to him.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    Good response-I wonder how much more mileage she will try and wring from it?

  6. Tifzlan says:

    “I don’t have enough information to really speak on it” a.k.a. she wasn’t even on my radar that night, i hardly remember her, who?????

    10/10, A+ on shadiness. Mariah Carey would approve.

    • Kitten says:

      Honestly I dont think it was intentional shade (although I think it’s fun to read it that way) because I think OBJ is a genuinely good, live-and-let-live kind of guy. But his response was golden because it shows that his personality is the opposite of Dunham’s characterization of him. In other words, her interpretation of who she assumed him to be is based on race and gender stereotypes and I think this makes it official, right?

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I’ve never heard of him but oh my god, this is perfect. He highlights EVERYTHING that was wrong with her little story. Whether it’s intentional or not, it may be the most perfect celebrity comment ever. Also, he’s cute.

        I go back and forth on LD although I never go so far as to like her. I think if someone has a voice and they like to use that voice, they also have a responsibility to get their sh*t together. She’s not just a comedienne etc., she fancies herself an activist, no? Well then girl, shape up. Sometimes I feel like we expect too much from her and would never put this kind of expectation on a man. But SHE embraces that, doesn’t she? I’m honestly losing my patience with this child because her victim complex is getting ridiculous. I’m sure the industry is a harsh place for a woman who doesn’t fit the Blake Lively mold of glittery motherhood and cupcakes. But she wants that attention and she wants the money so she needs to stop. This wasn’t an off-the-cuff remark. This was written. And nobody in her world told her “Um, hold it. Read it again.”

      • Shark Bait says:

        You know when this first came out, he was probably like “who?” I doubt if most of my friends would know who Lena Dunham is.

      • Kitten says:

        @littlemissnaughty- I remember your other comments about Dunham because I always seem to agree with you about her. I don’t hate her with the fire of a thousand suns like a lot of people around here do, but I do find her juvenile and attention-seeking and so full of her own shit. Despite that, there’s part of me that still admires her for all that she’s accomplished. Still, she has so much growing up to do…I mean, truly, she is exceptionally immature.

      • Wren says:

        @Littlemissnaughty, just like we were talking about yesterday, she hides behind her attitude of “if you don’t like me then you’re just (insert mysogenistic thing here)”. Heaven forbid someone genuinely find her uninteresting. I don’t hate her, but she’s the kind of person for which I have very little time.

        I adore his response, it’s like he’s smiling politely with slightly raised eyebrows thinking “what? who? um, I don’t even remember this”.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Kitten, Wren, I agree completely. She’s different than Amy Schumer (who I truly do not like at all) and I think she’s smarter. But yes, immature and frankly, very very limited in her view of the world. Growing up white and wealthy shapes your world view and that’s not a problem because it’s not your fault unless you don’t ever get out of that white rich world. I do believe that you can only go so far in your intellectual development if all your knowledge comes from books/theories/the internet. Sometimes you need to leave your Manhattan apartment and see some sh*t. Know what it’s like to not have money or power or access. It’s not enough to read up on intersectional feminism. That’s what continues to exhaust me about Lena. It’s clear as day that she hasn’t experienced (actually experienced) anything else. And yes, she can apologize (it was a good apology) but if you continue to make the same mistakes, those apologies mean nothing.

      • Little Darling says:

        Yep yep ladies, I feel the exact same way about Lena. I also don’t think he shaded her intentionally, I think she simply isn’t on his radar and he also seems to have laser focus on the game, so he’s probably not being Google alerted etc.

        He’s beautiful inside and out, apparently. What a lovely man. He was probably looking at kittens on his phone at the table, you know? ❤️

  7. Tara says:

    Huh. Unless this guy is an academy award level method actor…he wasn’t thinking ANY of those things Lena put on him. In fact, I almost wonder if he’s not just shy. Things just get worse and worse for Lena. I mean, how dumb can one person be. Not to mention mean.

    • Original T.C. says:

      +10000

      He seems the EXACT opposite of her imagined sterotype of him. Also my goodness that guy his hotter in motion than stills.

    • Snarkweek says:

      I’m sorry but I still think it’s wrong to weave any interpretation from anything he did or did not do at that table. He can be shy or wild, inconspicuous or outgoing – the point is he was objectified and dehumanized by Dunham.

      • Shark Bait says:

        Agreed Snarkweek. Never ever project your insecurities on a stranger. Especially if it turns into one big stereotype. She literally put thoughts in the poor guy’s head just to feed her own self esteem issues. He was merely a prop for her to, once again, announce how unique she is and how she doesn’t fit the conventional beauty standards. Shy or not, to assume that Odell made those assumptions about her because he didn’t converse with her was just dead wrong.

      • Snarkweek says:

        You said it perfectly. This is why I don’t even care how appropriate and classy his response was. He owes us nothing.

      • Unakaiansa says:

        I disagree. I don’t doubt she can be as self-absorbed and self-righteous as any other a-hole, but I totally get the angle of her humor in this instance (which is not always the case). She was being self-deprecating and making fun of herself for the sake of being funny (which is obviously subjective). I don’t think it ever crossed her mind that she was supporting or fueling some racist trope about the sexualization of black men and white women. I was born in the South, have gone to school and worked here my whole life and never did that characterization occur to me, and it’s not for lack of witnessing plenty of racism throughout the years. It doesn’t resonate with me, because I can’t think of an instance when I’ve encountered or witnessed it, despite having lived, worked and studied in integrated, heterogeneous environments. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist or that she/we shouldn’t act appropriately when it’s pointed out to us, but I think it’s a sign of how times have changed and/or are continuing to change for the better. There are obviously monumental issues that remain, but perhaps some of the racist garbage (just a little) has started to fall away. Not all, or most, but maybe a little.

        I

      • Unakaiansa says:

        I disagree. I don’t doubt she can be as self-absorbed and self-righteous as any other a-hole, but I totally get the angle of her humor in this instance (which is not always the case). She was being self-deprecating and making fun of herself for the sake of being funny (which is obviously subjective). I don’t think it ever crossed her mind that she was supporting or fueling some racist trope about the sexualization of black men and white women. I was born in the South, have gone to school and worked here my whole life and never did that characterization occur to me, and it’s not for lack of witnessing plenty of racism throughout the years. It doesn’t resonate with me, because I can’t think of an instance when I’ve encountered or witnessed it, despite having lived, worked and studied in integrated, heterogeneous environments. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist or that she/we shouldn’t act appropriately when it’s pointed out to us, but I think it’s a sign of how times have changed and/or are continuing to change for the better. There are obviously monumental issues that remain, but perhaps some of the racist garbage (just a little) has started to fall away. Not all, or most, but maybe a little.

        Oh, and this guy seems like a great human being. We could all benefit from a little more, ‘Live and let Live’ sentiment in the world.

      • Snarkweek says:

        Unakaiansa
        You can feel that Dunham did not intentionally set out to dehumanize and objectify Beckham but we’re not talking about intent here, just the outcome. Even then it is difficult for me to give her a pass on intent because it takes an unsettling amount of arrogance to so easily and thoroughly disregard a black man’s otherness.

  8. Jegede says:

    So classy of him.

    I dunno anything about the guy, but I’m impressed.

    He’s also far better looking in that video. Stills don’t do him justice.

    • Tash says:

      “He’s also far better looking in that video. Stills don’t do him justice.” You took words out of my mouth. Dude is not photogenic but in that video, YUM! :) Plus, good for him for keeping it classy. I like him.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Agree about his handsomeness!!

    • detritus says:

      He’s fit, hot and has style. And has a sense of humour and is staying classy. Oh yes.
      Can we get more Odell?

      Also, please don’t let him date Taylor.

  9. Krista says:

    This is proof of how easy it is to stay drama free if you want to be. People of the world: take note.

  10. Birdie says:

    The more important question: What is a Lenny Letter?

  11. Cousin Erika says:

    Love his bling in the top pic. He even wears a Hamsa!

  12. Mia4S says:

    I have no idea who he is…but I like him!

    I do not get Lena at all. I’m a die hard feminist and I am pleased when a woman has a business success, which Girls was, but I did not get it at all!! I gave it two episodes. I found Adam Driver very intriguing (thank you Star Wars for proving me right and letting me never have to watch the show to see him) and jumped ship!

    • Shark Bait says:

      Adam Driver was my favorite thing about Girls. I blame nepotism and Judd Apatow for Lena’s career. Tiny Furniture wasn’t bad, but I don’t think she was able to parlay that quality onto Girls. I guess it’s cheap to produce, because I have no other idea how that show got multiple seasons but Boardwalk Empire wasn’t able to continue.

  13. Jess says:

    Great response.

  14. Patricia says:

    What a calm and kind demeanor he has. She would have LOVED it if he said something like “well I didn’t know who she was but now I do and I think she’s a real brat, and I don’t find her attractive anyway”. Oh my lord Lena has been praying he would say something like that so she can roll out the red carpet for her victim routine once again. But no, he has shown that he is very polite, well mannered and not at all interested in her racist controversy.

    • Wren says:

      I bet she would love that too. Fortunately he gave her nothing to work with, so whatever she says now will just make her look even more ridiculous.

  15. Tiffany says:

    I hope this is the beginning of the end of prominent women speaking or writing for her. Anyone who associates with her after this crap deserve all they get.

  16. Right says:

    What a handsome man he is 😍

  17. Lucy says:

    And rightfully so. You, Sir, are a class act. P*ss off, Lena.

  18. Almondjoy says:

    I love how he handled this! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  19. Clare says:

    Did Lena and Taylor take the same course on how to act like a victim?

    Both entitled brat need to take a seat.

  20. shannon says:

    Maybe he’s just not overly social. I look to my phone a lot, too, if I don’t really know anyone to talk to, bfd. I get she has issues, but just because a guy isn’t all about chatting me up, I don’t turn around and assume he’s a misogynist and my toys aren’t big enough. Hell, I’m probably be in my phone too, and barely notice. Call down, hun.

  21. shewolf says:

    Really Lena? I’m married and he still finds me the most attractive woman in the room and the guy still spends most of his time on his phone.

  22. Beckysuz says:

    Ugh Lena is a total dimwit. She is full of herself while simultaneously incredibly insecure. So she just made up a whole ridiculous scenario in her own head about someone she doesn’t even know. I’m sure we’ve all had moments where we project our insecurities on other people, but most people wouldn’t announce it to the world. I know I’ve had those moments. But usually i remember that the world doesn’t revolve around me and everyone is busy thinking about their own crap. They aren’t worrying about me.

    Honestly this made her look like a real turd (which is pretty accurate imo) Meanwhile Odell is over there minding his own business, not even registering that this nutter is assigning a whole false persona on him, which is based purely on her own insecurities and apparent racism

    • Steph O says:

      ^ THIS. I’ve known people who are compulsively self centered (as Lena seems to be) and it seems like such an exhausting way to live. For the self centered person AND everyone around them.

      • Kk says:

        Yes- it seems exhausting to be in her head. I did think her apology was decent and was glad she acknowledged the troubling racist aspects of what she said.

        In addition to being gorgeous, Odell is an extremely talented football player. He made some astounding catches last season. He’s one of those players who everyone cheers for (except when he’s playing your team). Very fun to watch.

  23. mkyarwood says:

    Wow, this guy is my hero of the year. He gives me reaction goals, lol.

  24. Insomniac says:

    LOL. Great response — he was pretty much like “Who? Whatever. I have important stuff to do.”

  25. QueenB says:

    perfect reply.

  26. Frosty says:

    Perfect, neutral response and no shade at all. I know I tend to think of celeb culture as one giant thing, but there’s no real reason why he would know Lena Dunham or Girls.

  27. Mumbles says:

    I’m not sure if he meant his, but “Lena who?” Is the response that would hurt Dunham the most, the narcissist.

  28. Tiffany says:

    There is an upside, more people know who O’Dell is and sees he is a mellow guy who has not given her the time of day. Who no one can say is a stereotype and prove her point so she can be a damn idiot and it is his fault. See, words matter.

    Off to look for sweatpants for the first time in over a decade.

  29. Since everyone has so expertly covered how Lena was wackadoodle and that this guy seems to be completely on point in not trying to stir up drama/play into her fantasy I’ll just say -

    Ya’ll seen his commercial with the slow motion wind machine?

    I’m just saying, get on that, make yourself happy.

    Also a friend and I were discussing this whole thing and after a beat to think my friend perfectly said, “Lena Dunham seems like that kid who everyone ignored/hated in school not because she was weird but because she was selfish and mean. Then when her mom found out you don’t speak to her at lunch or invited her to your party she comes to school to scream about how persecuted her daughter is and how they’re should be some kind of mandatory forced friendship for her”

    Homegirl is spinning a Carrie like web in her mind about evil jocks and vindictive cheerleaders while she just wants to stand up at prom and feel pretty.

  30. Colette says:

    I love Odell.I love how he dealt with this Lena issue.I love how he deals with all the rumors about his sexuality.He lives his life doesn’t address the rumors.He doesn’t go around screaming I am straight.He just dances and haves fun.He is only 23 but secure enough to let people think what they want to think and not be bothered.

  31. Mltpsych says:

    As amazing as he is at only 23 years old (!) I cannot get on board with $185 sweats.

  32. K says:

    This was a classy response. I mean I know people want there to be shade but sorry I’m not seeing it, I think it was just him taking the high road and giving an honest classy response.

  33. SusanneToo says:

    Classy.

  34. Cinderella says:

    His response is probably driving Lena even crazier. He did a Kelly Bensimon without having uttered a word….”I’m up here, you’re down there.”

    Love it.

  35. Mirage says:

    He’s so hot that Lena Dunham is trying to get his attention by any means right?
    But what’s this carpet on his hair?

  36. Kri says:

    I have to think long and hard about THIS LOLOLOLOLLMAOMLMAO I LOOOOVE HIM ok.I’ve thought.

  37. Twinkies says:

    For the life of me I don’t understand why Lena Dunham is popular. I bear her no ill will at all, but I don’t see her appeal. Girls was obnoxious and it seems as though she goes out of her way to make herself as unattractive and not photogenic as possible. I don’t think that she owes us any attractiveness or anything like that. But when it appears that you go out of your way to be unattractive in a visual based art form (movies, television, etc.) and then you scream and cry about how others in that visual based art form treat you based on your perception of their opinion of your looks, you’re an asshole.

    TL:DR She appears to go out of her way to be more miserable than she already is to generate sympathy and express righteous indignation at the injustice of having to be Lena Dunham in a Blake Lively industry.

    • LaMaitresse says:

      I agree, I also don’t find her particularly intelligent not her work ground breaking. I have no interest in watching “Girls”, since I think it sounds hellish to me. As the years go on, Dunham just becomes more and more insufferable.

  38. MNnice says:

    On the one hand I’m thrilled that the Celebitchy readers are finally seeing the trash that is Lena Dunham for what she is after countless missteps over the past few years. On the other hand, I’m fighting the urge to shout “I told you so” from the mountains. In her book, she lied about how she was the victim of rape via a guy on campus that was a Republican, knowing it would be a hot button for her “fans,” fits into the narrative she pushes, and ruined this guy’s life after people (easily) figured out who she was alluding to. But because, ew- Republicans, the outrage was kept to a minimum and there was no formal Twitter-like apology where she admits the error of her ways and accepts responsibility for ruining a stranger’s life. She built a narrative in her head that was completely fabricated, built on hot button issues and has been able to get away with it because the PC police don’t monitor crimes against Republicans. I know this community tends to lean left on just about everything and that’s fine, I support everyone’s right to live and let live, but at least let’s acknowledge the hypocrisy/double standard at play here by us, the outrage machine.

    • Izzy says:

      I’m pretty sure a lot of us have always found her insufferable, regardless of our political leanings, and most of us find her to be a sleazy hypocrite by now. And have since her book debacle. I certainly never understood how her stupid show got on the air in the first place. I couldn’t even make it through one episode.

  39. Izzy says:

    Hands-down the classiest way ever to say IDGAF.

    Odell Beckham Jr for the win.

  40. perplexed says:

    Maybe he was looking at football scores when he was looking at his phone.

  41. HoustonGrl says:

    Wow, this is really bad. I just hope people take it as an example (one of many) about how hard it is to get respect in this society if you are a black man. She had NO excuse to make such a bizarre, unprofessional, and unprovoked personal attack on him.

  42. Amanda G says:

    He has no idea who she is. That’s more awesome than responding to her via socia media. It’s the best shade he can give her!!