Beliebers of the world are getting their fill of comedienne Lena Dungam. Justin Bieber’s celebrity faux-fan is giving the business to dedicated fans of the pop star via Twitter and Instagram lately, and while her tone is a bit tongue-in-cheek, Lena Dunham has a serious message wrapped within her artfully snarky quips.
As previously noted by the Inquisitr, the 29-year-old star of the hit show Girls recently took to social media regarding some questionable lyrics in “What Do You Mean?,” the latest hit song by Justin Bieber. Lena Dunham posted the tweet following Bieber’s performance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Let’s do away with pop songs where a girl nods yes when she means no and vice versa, k?
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 31, 2015
Nardine Saad of The Los Angeles Times noted that Dunham’s tweet struck a chord with many of her followers who interpreted the chorus of Bieber’s song (“What do you mean?/ When you nod your head yes / But you wanna say no”) as a perpetuation of rape culture.
At first, the controversy seemed to go unnoticed by Justin Bieber. Lena Dunham is, however, expected to be a topic of discussion for the singer during his appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.
For her part, Lena Dunham didn’t let matters rest after the buzz over her tweet subsided. She later took to Instagram and juxtaposed a picture of herself with portrait of Bieber as a young man, poking fun at his boyish coif.
While some of Lena Dunham’s fans are rolling with the jokes, she is garnering a bit of backlash from people who think she is being needlessly spiteful. Negative replies to her tweet and Instagram picture range from being simply dismissive to downright hateful. The most extreme of Dunham’s detractors have made numerous crude references to her public admission regarding sexual experimentation with her younger sister when the two were children.
Despite the comedienne’s personal issues, she just might have something on The Bieb. New York Post’s Page Six recalled that Bieber spoke to Ryan Seacrest back in July, noting that “Well, girls… say something and they mean something else.” While it’s not exactly an explicit endorsement of sexual assault, the comment shows at least a shade of sexism on the part of Justin Bieber. Lena Dunham and her fans have seized on just that kind of rhetoric in the past and won’t likely shy away from future cyber-scrapes with Beiber fans.
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