These photos of Lena Dunham awkwardly kissing Brad Pitt are really funny

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The London premiere of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood happened on Tuesday night. I covered the fashion photos yesterday and I was mostly focused on how much I dislike Margot Robbie’s promotional style, and how Brad Pitt has been looking great during the promotion. But I also including photos of Lena Dunham looking like she was wearing a Muppet-carcass.

I thought, at the time, that Lena was just back on her bulls–t, wearing stupid sh-t to troll and get attention, so that when everyone was like “God, Lena can’t dress,” she can write a bunch of Instagram posts and a Vogue essay about how her terrible style is a statement about feminism or something. Turns out, Lena’s going to have another topic for what I’m sure will be a 5,000-word Vogue essay: how she tried to kiss Brad Pitt’s cheek and he wasn’t into it.

To be completely fair, it did seem like Brad and Lena became somewhat friendly during filming on OUATIH. Brad even attended Lena’s birthday-party-fundraiser thing back in May. So they’re certainly friendly enough to greet each other with a cheek-kiss at a premiere. The problem was that… I think Lena chose the wrong moment, and she seemed to go in for a kiss on the lips? And Brad wasn’t into it. And the photos are hilarious. That’s it. That’s the post: look at these awkward AF photos of Lena trying to kiss Brad. It’s even funnier in the wide shot where you can see that everybody else is trying to pose for the big cast-photo. LMAO, Lena’s Vogue essay about this moment is going to be soooo epic.

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  1. A says:

    This year’s fling? Celeb gossip Gods make it happen!

    Really, though, I just think it was an awkward photo moment.

    • Mia4s says:

      “This year’s fling?”

      Right on @A! At last we have our big celebrity summer romance….yikes that’s hard to even joke about. 😬

    • whatWHAT? says:

      well, it would certainly get people talking about them!

      she looks RIDIC in that dress. in the full cast photo, they all look fancy and sleekly dressed…and she looks like she’s going to a Cher costume party or something. she stands out, and not in a good way.

      I know she’s not your typical Hollywood hardbody, but GURRRRLLLLLL….learn to dress in stuff that flatters you.

      • Kitten says:

        She doesn’t have to look awful. She CHOOSES to. Ugh.

      • Naan says:

        One of Lena’s strong points, which she’s talked about, is not dressing “to flatter” someone else’s gaze. She wears what she likes. I applaud this.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        she wears what she likes, and she looks terrible, and people will say so, and she gets to play victim. that’s not a “strong point”, IMO, that’s a ploy to get people to talk about her so she can lecture them and preach about how “feminist” she is.


        a good example of someone “wearing what they like”, doing it SOLELY because they want to (not to get people to talk about her) and TRULY not caring what other people think (and STILL looking good, if a little weird), is Chloe Sevigny. she dresses pretty strangely, and yet she still looks ok. and even when people think she doesn’t, she doesn’t go on social media and lecture them.

      • Kitten says:

        ITA, WW.

        I don’t always like what Chloe wears but I recognize it as her own particular style and I appreciate that. I’m not sure what Lena’s style is beyond basic bad taste.

      • carol says:

        I’m all about wearing what you want to. If Lena wants to continue dressing like a muppet, I’m all for it. I need the laugh.

    • Susie Moloney says:

      I agree. I think we’ve ALL gone in for the cheek kiss and hit lips by accident at some point. I’m starting to feel like a Mean Girl just for reading anything about Dunham.

  2. BlueSky says:

    Is she in the movie? I’m not planning to see but she’s posing like she’s part of the cast.

    • Jen says:

      For about two minutes in a cameo appearance and yet she still manages to be terrible.

    • Mia4s says:

      She is. And you know it’s bad when she’s not even close to the most offensive person in the cast *cough* Emile Hirsch *cough* woman beater.

    • Eliza says:

      Yes a lot of celebrity offspring are in it too.

    • Becks1 says:

      I don’t even remember who she was in it lol. I need to go check.

      • Snappyfish says:

        She played Gypsy. One of the Manson Girla that QT invented for the movie

      • Zwella Ingrid says:

        @Snappyfish, Gypsy was actually a real member of the Manson family, not a character that QT made up.

    • Marjorie says:

      Gypsy is a real person, Catherine Share, Manson follower who didn’t murder anyone but did get convictions for armed robbery and witness intimidation. She’s still around, 76 years old now according to Wikipedia. Does interviews once in a while, she says she is reformed.

  3. Nev says:


  4. E. Ripley says:

    Switch the genders and I don’t think people would be laughing.

    • elimaeby says:


    • LadyT says:

      He looks uncomfortable to say the least, so yeah, I’m not going with funny.

      • Suz says:

        I worry this might be akin to her trying to “dance up on Michael B. Jordan” at the Met Ball. Lena is a garbage person.

    • Lucy2 says:

      You’re not wrong. He definitely looks uncomfortable and she’s way too into his personal space.

    • MrsBanjo says:

      YES THIS

    • Becks1 says:

      You are absolutely right.

    • A random commenter says:

      Amen ripley! He looks uncomfortable. There’s nothing funny about it.

    • Kitten says:


    • Jen says:

      I totally agree , why is it ok for women to be creepy and grabby if it was Brad doing this to Margot Robbie the internet would go nuts , it’s not ok. , either way. ,

    • Pixie says:

      I mean, to be fair, it’s not as simple as switching the genders. He is still Brad Pitt and has significantly more power in essentially every scenario than Lena Dunham does. I don’t think being assaulted by Lena Dunham in front of all those cameras, is a real worry he is experiencing there.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree regarding the power imbalance, but no matter who a person is or how much clout they have, they shouldn’t be subjected to unwanted kissing/touching.

      • Pixie says:

        @lucy2 of course, that’s true. It’s just a pet peeve of mine when people don’t allow for nuance. There is a reason the response would have been different if Brad Pitt had lunged for her there, and that’s important.

      • tealily says:

        I agree, Pixie. I’m reading this as her choosing a more intimate greeting with a person with more influence than her than he feels is warranted. Awkward and inappropriate, but ultimately is makes her look foolish, not predatory.

      • Pixie says:

        @tealily agreed 100%!

      • LadyT says:

        Nuances do not change my opinion that it is not funny.

      • Vinot says:

        Nuances have nothing to do with changing our own perspectives, though. It’s not funny, it’s cringey at best and inappropriate.

      • LoWilli says:

        What about when Adrian Brody did it to Halle Berry? Arguably she had significantly more power than he did, it was still unacceptable and super gross. The power dynamic is simply what differentiates between something that is purely sexual harassment and something that is sexual assault.

      • Pixie says:

        @lowilli Well, Adrian basically physically overpowered her (plus, she has spoken about her history as an abuse survivor) so I’m not convinced she had the power in that scenario. Especially, considering the expectations placed on women in our society, and the pressure Halle likely felt to be amiable and go along with it. I think power dynamics are a crucial part in delineating between inappropriate conduct vs sexual harassment/assault (Up to a point, obviously). I totally agree with everyone saying her behaviour wasn’t funny and inappropriate, its just that I have seen a lot of people online say it was on par with sexual harassment and I disagree with that.

    • PlainJane says:

      I see the exact same thing! It looks like she is assaulting him. He is not into the close physical contact AT ALL. I believe she is using this as a publicity stunt to get people talking about her (and we are).

      During the Me Too coming out, she defended her friend who allegedly raped someone he worked with, then she changed her mind and said she was wrong. Clearly, physical boundaries are an issue with this woman, she doesn’t mind crossing them to get her name in everyone’s mouth.

      I don’t like this at all, I find her behavior super offensive. Cancelled!

      • Vinot says:

        Let’s never forget where and how often Lena has stepped in shit in the course of Me Too. Great comment!

    • zotsioltar says:

      She tried to take advantage of the fact they were in public hoping he would have to give in or look like the jerk. He managed to avoid it while making her look bad.

    • Vinot says:

      Came here to say this.

    • nikki says:

      I thought the same thing! He looks so NOT into it, and she just was all over him. It’s a bad look…

    • kerwood says:

      THANK YOU.

      I’ve had this happen to me and it’s NOT funny. It’s gross. We already know that this woman is horrible. She’s probably going to brag about ‘kissing’ Brad Pitt. Brad might be an asshole, but he didn’t deserve this.

      • Lady D says:

        I am absolutely on his side here. What she did was sleazy, underhanded and disgusting. I’m also disgusted she’s making me stick up for Brad, but I’m absolutely on his side in this. She had no right.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    That is super awkward.
    I wonder if there is video or just the still photos.
    Her dress is strange.

  6. This is meme worthy. She makes me ragey to the point that I take a little too much joy in seeing her make an ass of herself.

    The group shot explains the more autumn color palate, it seems it was coordinated. Doesn’t explain the senseless slaughter of an innocent muppet though.

    • Ohhlala says:

      HAHAHAHAHHA , thank you lol
      “Doesn’t explain the senseless slaughter of an innocent muppet though.”

  7. CharliePenn says:

    Oh god. Oh god, I’m so second hand embarrassed hahahha. She’s the worst.

    She reminds me of this terrible girl I went to high school with, very similar in that she was both a narcissist who thought she was the hottest shit ever, but also needed and begged for and demanded constant validation of her hotness.
    I had a lot of guy friends in high school. Several of them asked me “if you see so-and-so-Lena-type-girl all over me, please please come make a distraction!” I’m not even kidding, several different guys asked me to do this because we would all be doing theater together. So when I would see her hanging all over one of my friends, acting exactly like Lena here, I would go and be like “oh, Tom, they’re looking for you in the mezzanine!”.

    That’s Lena. Men who open up a friendship with her will surely regret it because of moments like this, her own disregard for the personal space of others and her constant need for validation from males, all the while pretending to be the next great feminist.

    Her piece on this is going to be the worst read yet.

  8. lisa says:

    It was funny. She looked around the row. Saw him. came out of the line when he came out to say something to QT maybe, then she went in for the kiss. He was cool and didn’t look to mind. But if this was reversed. What would people say?

    • Beyonce_PadThai says:

      Is there video?? I need to see thirsty Lena find her victim and go for the kiss.

      • lucy2 says:

        I looked but couldn’t find one. I was curious if on video it came across differently and they just happened to catch an awkward photo, but I don’t think so. There’s several photos of it and he looks very uncomfortable in each, and not in any way responding favorably to her.

  9. Becks1 says:

    The pictures of the kiss itself are awkward, but the group shot just makes it. It seems like she picked the worst moment for it. And her post in that group shot is also super awkward.

  10. Dorothy#1 says:

    She is me in these pictures! Lol if brad is in close proximity and we are friendly, I’m gonna go in for the kiss!! 🤷‍♀️

  11. Bishg says:

    His body language says “get this one off of me!”

    • SM says:

      Like when you have an annoying fly attack you at the moment you are trying to get your pic taken. But as a result, it is funny and she should own this

  12. Margo Smith says:

    Wow. What a mess.

  13. JoJo says:

    She will probably write an essay about how Brad didn’t kiss her because he didn’t find her f*ckable because of her age,size,IQ or whatever she thinks of, to play the victim of discrimination.

    • Lady D says:

      Think she’s going to get invited to any more openings for this movie? I bet Brad had a quiet word with QT after that little stunt.

  14. Mm says:

    Her sense of entitlement is so off putting. I don’t think it’s funny to get into someone’s personal space like that. Maybe it was just an awkward moment between friends but I wouldn’t put it past her to just go in for a lip smack with a handsome co worker.

    • Mignionette says:

      I find her highly problematic. I get the sense that she suffers from incredibly low self esteem and compensates with this kind of behaviour to gain attention.

  15. grabbyhands says:

    Let’s be real here – Lena Dunham is probably never OFF her bullshit. She just crouches awkwardly in the dark and waits for an opportunity to chime in on something and make it about herself.

    I wonder if she’ll laugh this off or write another column about how Brad Pitt did not want to f*ck her, like she did when Odell Beckham Jr did not fall at her feet.

  16. smcollins says:

    I saw this last night and was hoping CB would post something about it! He doesn’t exactly look uncomfortable but he’s definitely not into it, like she kind of ambushed him and caught him off-guard. Definitely an in opportune moment to do that, but then again maybe that was her strategy? Go in for a kiss during a red carpet photo call, that’s definitely going to get captured and make the rounds. Unfortunately for her it didn’t work out in her favor, just awkward and embarrassing. And I agree with other commenters about the response being different if the genders were reversed.

    • LadyT says:

      Just picture Emile Hirsch getting a firm hold and going in for a lip kiss while Margot Robbie stands stone-faced with her arms at her side. That’d be a real hoot?

    • perplexed says:

      I wonder why she thought he’d reciprocate when photograhers are there.

      I vaguely remember an interview where he pushed Anne Curry’s hands off his face. She tried to touch his face, and he flinched. It was embarrassing.

      • Lady D says:

        I couldn’t imagine having to live with people wanting to constantly touch you. That would suck so bad. Especially if you don’t like being touched by strangers, it would be a nightmare.

  17. Mignionette says:

    No wonder this woman was okay with defending a rapist. Her understanding of boundaries is horrific. Brad is clearly trying to be polite. No man or woman should have to put up with Lena’s behaviour.

    I do not understand the hype surrounding this woman.

    • PlainJane says:

      I feel exactly the same way! She crosses boundaries and doesn’t care how others feel about it.

      This smacks of narcissism to me.

    • Vinot says:

      Never forget that they are working in this picture. This isn’t a pap pic of a friend meet-up. It’s rude and gross, and I can’t wait until we all forget about her again.

  18. pyritedigger says:

    She looks terrible and her behavior is terrible. If it looks like a duck, and acts like a duck…

  19. Jane says:

    She is quite honestly one of the most socially awkward people I’ve ever seen. I have second-hand embarrassment watching her do anything.

    • Mimi says:

      OMG thats how I felt watching “Girls.” I couldn’t watch it more than 10 seconds. It was so cringe worthy for me.

  20. DenG says:

    I see a starstruck Dunham or stalker Dunham. I also spy smirks on Leo and Tarantino.

  21. Sean says:

    Lena Dunham has always been tone-deaf at best, highly offensive at worst. Why hasn’t her career suffered at all? I feel like if it were any other semi-known actress, their prospects would take a major hit. Yet her she is in a QT film.

    Or maybe her career has suffered in ways I’m not aware of.

    It’s like she has the power of a mediocre white man.

    • Faithmobile says:

      Right?! She keeps failing up.

    • lucy2 says:

      It is reportedly only a tiny part, and there’s no other acting work coming up on her imdb, so I don’t think people are beating down the door to work with her. But she definitely has mediocre white man confidence.

    • Vinot says:

      Her last writing project tanked and this is a small part in a movie that’s been in production for years. Plus, the casting works; she’s as delusional as a Manson woman.

      I see her worst not as being offensive, but as leveraging her white woman experience into a weapon, which we are seeing in a very small way here. “She can’t be assaulting him, since she’s so fat, ugly, whatever, and he’s Brad Pitt!” /s

      She’s a passive aggressive predator who counts on people dismissing her in order to get away with inappropriate behavior. She gotta go.

      • Nahhhh says:

        “She can’t be assaulting him, since she’s so fat, ugly, whatever” say what? That’s like the only time it counts lol. That kind of thinking is one of the reasons why people don’t take sexual violence against men seriously. If an attractive female teacher gets caught sleeping with an underage student most of the comments from men are: wish she was my teacher, lucky kid, etc.etc. Like I said below, if it were one of the other women in this movie doing the same thing I doubt many people would think he was being assaulted or harrassed.

    • Nev says:

      she has a new show coming out soon on Hbo I think.

  22. girl_ninja says:

    I suspect she dresses oddly, poorly because she knows people will share their thoughts. Then she can play victim and write essays about how cruel the world is to her.

  23. Lori says:

    Leo’s face in that first pic says it ALL.

  24. Pixie says:

    I am not a huge fan of hers, but the sheer vitriol against her on the internet never fails to take me by surprise. I know she has done some problematic things, but she does always seem to make an effort to apologize and educate herself when she is called out. Honestly, some of it reeks of misogyny (amplified because she is not what society considers ‘attractive’) because there are men who have done way worse, who don’t get an iota of the same online vitriol she gets. I mean, didn’t Micheal Fassbender beat his ex gf? Brad Pitt doesn’t have custody of his kids because he hurt his son but Lena Dunham is the one everyone unites in their hatred over? I’m not saying all the critique is unwarranted, just that it seems a little excessive.

    • perplexed says:

      I don’t think she’s getting vitriol. I think people just feel second-hand embarrassment for her. Ok, maybe people enjoy laughing at her. But she makes it too easy.

    • N says:

      It does get pretty mean spirited.

    • Vinot says:

      Her apologies are performative and hollow and operate as excuses instead of vehicles for change. The best apology would be changed behavior, but she’s still operating at the same level she was when we first met her ten years ago.

    • kerwood says:

      Google the attack she launched on an African-American football player who didn’t lay down and undo his pants the second she walked in the room. If she were a man, her career would be OVER.

    • A random commenter says:

      Um no. Lena wrote in her autobiography she sexually assaulted her sister (because she was “curious” about her body was her excuse), defended a rapist, and accused Odell Beckham of not liking white women because he failed to fawn over her at the Met Gala. And let’s not talk about how she treats her animals. Lena Dunham is trash. Every single bit of negative press she gets, she has earned and then some.

      • Pixie says:

        I mean, wasn’t she like 7 years old in that story? And she apologized a ton for the Odell Beckham thing and acknowledged her white privilege in a way I haven’t seen many other white celebrities do. I mean, I am by no means a Lena Dunham fan, and I totally get that people don’t like her, but I just think the hate she gets is a little excessive and I can’t help but think it is partially because she is a woman. Especially, in comparing how she gets treated online vs how male celebrities who have done far worse things are treated. (Also, can’t believe I have spent all this time defending Lena Dunham lol)

  25. MrsPanda says:

    She’s so obnoxious and attention-seeking, Look at me! LOOK AT ME. All her behaviour and clothing choices come from that. Brad looks like prey in ”freeze” mode after having been caught by a predator. His arms hang limply and his feet are frozen in place. I agree if the genders were reversed this would raise some questions, she definitely has boundary issues and she’ll use whoever she needs to in order to make it ABOUT HER in every moment.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      re: “freeze” mode…in one of the pics, he literally looks like a wax statue. frozen, indeed.

      • MrsPanda says:

        Yep whatWHAT, he’s playing dead! I went to search for a video (couldn’t see one) but found other photos of Lena & Brad on set, and she’s pulling down her underwear to allegedly ”show him a tattoo”. His body language is the same, frozen and gone to his ”happy place”. She’s very predatory with him and he’s clearly uncomfortable!

  26. Mimi says:

    She looks so unhealthy.

  27. Paisley says:

    I feel embarrassed even looking at this. She’s a walking train wreck.

  28. Digital Unicorn says:

    OMG – typical desperate Lena attention seeking stunt right there. This is one of those rare occasions I’m ‘poor brad’. She really did look like an over excited stan who got through security.

  29. Eeeeeeetrain says:

    Wow Brad is rocking a major Tom Cruise level high heel there.

  30. perplexed says:

    She’s not actually that bad-looking. But she makes herself look less attractive than she is.

  31. DiegoInSF says:

    Whenever you have a bad day, just remember you’ll never be as deeply uncool as Lena Dunham. She’s cringe personified!

  32. Ally says:

    What is QT’s newly minted wife doing in the cast photo? Can’t he be without his #metoo human shield for even one minute?

  33. Alexis says:

    Yeah I don’t find invading someone’s personal space against their will funny. She’s always crossing lines like this and she creeps me out. It makes me uncomfortable that so many white women find her schtick funny cute and relatable.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I, personally, don’t know any women, white or otherwise, who find her shtick funny, cute, or relatable. all of my friends, white or otherwise, dislike her a LOT.

      and just about every guy, too. the bf liked “Girls” when it first started, but lost interest about halfway through the first season. he was like “she’s so whiny and entitled”…lol.

  34. MangoAngelesque says:

    And yet, if Brad were forcing this kind of awkward, obviously unwanted physical attention into Lena or any other female costar, people would leap at the chance to lambast him for the behavior.

    Lena’s gross. Not because of how she looks or dresses or writes or does her job, but in how she behaves and treats people.

  35. hautie says:

    I may be remembering this wrong. But didn’t Lena, while on the set filming this movie… pull her dress up over her head. Standing there in front of God and everyone, panties hanging out…. to so show Pitt a tattoo on her torso?!? And she got told not to do it again. I want to say there were a couple of actresses standing there too. But without notice up goes the dress.

  36. Jo says:

    In my opinion, Brad Pitt is deeply unhappy, and struggling. I think he looks a bit stiff in most photos these days. Makes me feel bad for Lena that she might be embarrassed by these photos. Gosh, who would want to be a celebrity, not me, not for all the money in the world!

  37. Nahhhh says:

    If it was Mediocre Robbie this wouldn’t even be an issue and people would say Brad was “lucky”.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Hi Lena! Margot is incredibly talented and charismatic. Unlike Lena. I doubt she’d do this either!

      • Nahhhh says:

        Yes playing different versions of the same basic blonde character(with the exception of I Tonya.)is really something to marvel. 🙄 I’m sure she could be an excellent actress but she seems quite happy to be typecast. I don’t even like Lena. She’s too much of an oversharer but there are different unspoken rules for people. If Brad were the perpetrator most definitely but If this were any of the other actresses in this movie I dont think people would really think was that big of a deal. Let’s be real here.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        Nahhhh, I think, more than WHO was perpetrating this kiss, it matters how the recipient appears to feel about it.

        Pitt is CLEARLY uncomfortable with Dunham doing this. would he be more comfortable with Robbie doing it? maybe…but that’s an unknown. however, if Robbie had done this, and his reaction was the same as it was for Dunham doing it, then we’d probably all have the same reaction.

        to boot, as noted, Robbie would likely NOT do this. Dunham doesn’t respect boundaries, as she’s shown us more than once.

    • Dee says:

      I’m with you @nahhhh. And I despise Lena with all my heat but you’re right on the money.

  38. Liz version 700 says:

    Just my 2 cents but As much as I am not a Brad Pitt fan, if we expect the Me Too movement to actually make changes the rules need to apply equally. If the commenter above is right about this Lena lifting her dress as well as the ridiculous pictures above this borders on harassment. He has a right not to be flashed or grabbed the kissed w/o consent. She is very problematic in her lack of boundaries and deserves to be embarrassed. Pitt looks like he is 30 seconds away from asking for a restraining order.

  39. Mrs. Smith says:

    Yeesh–I’m so embarrassed for her. Then she had to skulk back to her place at the end of the photo line with the group. Ouch. This would be my worst nightmare if I ever meet Brad Pitt.

  40. Mew says:

    Did Pitt consent? Or did she do it without asking if it’s ok? Was she sexually harassing him?

  41. p says:

    this isn’t awkward this is sexual harassment. reverse the genders and is it still funny and awkward or is it harassment?

  42. Hmmm says:

    He must have an issue with how tall Leo is because those are some thick heels on his shoes lol

  43. ad says:

    Lena looks like Aniston!

  44. IT says:

    since when is he the most wanted single man of his age hunny?