You know, I was chilly on Girls for the first few episodes, and I did not enjoy Arfin-gate 2012 or Detroit-gate 2013, but the more I watch it the more I'm convinced that—as much as she pisses me off now and then—the show not just entertaining and beautifully written, it's important. Lena Dunham is challenging the TV-watching public in an electric, incendiary way that body acceptance Tumblrs (much as I love them) could never accomplish. I get it now. I'm on board. Haters to the left, etc. Anyway, Dunham has landed the cover of the next issue of Rolling Stone and I'm sure the interview will be irritating and provocative and interesting in equal measure, just like everything else she touches.
In our new issue on stands and on iTunes Friday, February 15th, Dunham tells senior writer Brian Hiatt about her lifelong struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, her childhood fear of sex, her reaction to criticisms about the show's lack of diversity – and much more. "It's funny to me that I'm writing a show that people consider to be the voice of twentysomething people," she says. "Because I don't feel that connected to it all the time."
Also, Patrick Wilson's hot wife has come to Dunham's defense with some tweets so righteous I MAY have choked up a little:
HERE IS A STORY ABOUT KE$HA DRINKING HER OWN PEE.
"We didn't know what we were doing per se, but it's my little brother and he's my best friend," the star told the station (via The New Zealand Herald). "He got me wasted at 6 a.m....He got all the things you would want to see and all the things you wouldn't really want to see — [me] making out with dudes, drinking my own pee, jumping out of a building, jumping out of aeroplanes, swimming with sharks..."
Drinking her own pee? "I was told drinking my own pee was good. I was trying to be healthy," she explained casually to BBC Radio 1. "Somebody tried to take my pee away from me and I said, 'That is mine!' So I snatched it up and took a chug and it was really gross so I don't do it anymore."
SHE ALSO SAYS HER FRIENDS ACCUSE HER OF HAVING A "FUNKY ODOR." SHE IS A FABULOUS MONSTER. I LOVE HER SO, SO MUCH. [Us]
Happy Valentine's Day! Great news! Aziz Ansari is here to completely bum you out about love:
This Sonja Lyubomirsky essay in The New York Times is well worth a read and discusses a lot of the fears I have about love and marriage that I've discussed in my recent stand-up. In summary, research shows when you first get married, you experience the intense longing, desire, and attraction described as "passionate love." However, after an average of two years, this wears off because of our tendency to get habituated to positive experiences. Then couples enter what researchers call "companionate love," which is a less impassioned form of love that is a blend of deep affection and connection. Basically, the research shows-love fades.
This makes sense to me even in relationships that aren't as serious as marriage, though. I've seen it in myself, and in friends' relationships. There are things in that piece that really make me think about relationships, findings like, "Surprise is apparently more satisfying than stability," and we are "hard-wired to crave variety." It all goes against the romantic notion of meeting someone and falling in love and being happy with them forever, which is all that's been ingrained in our heads since we were young.
He also says that he wish more people should go up to other people and rip their headphones out and say, "Hi, I'm Marie." PSA: If any of you ever do that to me I will punch you in your tooth, steal the tooth, and never give it back. [AVClub]
Jeremy Irons wishes all you uptight gals would chill out and let him rub you on the bottom once in a while. Jeez.
He has already enraged feminists by saying women should accept pats on the bottom in good humour.
Now Jeremy Irons has waded back into the same controversy with the confession he loves ‘touching' people - adding any ‘self-respecting woman' would simply tell him to ‘f*** off' if she minded.
Admitting he likes to ‘stir things up', the 64-year-old also appeared to criticise people who claim they have been the target of underage sexual abuse, claiming they have been ‘encouraged' to believe they are victims.
Mr Irons caused outrage in 2011 by saying: ‘If a man puts his hand on a woman's bottom, any woman worth her salt can deal with it. It is communication. Can't we be friendly?'
‘Basically, I said that any self-respecting woman would tell you to f*** off [if she minded]. I think we're very robust as human beings.'
First of all, no. Second of all, to indulge you in your ridiculous fantasy for a second, maybe not all women ARE as rugged and robust as you'd like them to be. Do those women deserve to be victimized by your wandering fingers, Humbert Humbert? Third of all, FUCKING NO. JESUS CHRIST. [DailyMail]
- Lady Gaga is canceling the rest of her tour and needs hip surgery. [JustJared]
- Katie Price's boyfriend has some pectorals he would like you to take a look at. [DailyMail]
- Hey, Kate Hudson, I saw you at the air-port. You were goooood. [E!]
- When I first read this headline I garbled it with the headline just below it and thought it said "Carson Kressley Arrested for Civil Disobedience At White House Protest Over Climate Change" and I did a jig. But it actually says Conor Kennedy. Downgrade. [Us]
- The real Carson Kressley, freedom fighter, is busy agitating for a Sports Illustrated MALE swimsuit edition. [HuffPo]
- A "mental patient" is threatening to kill Alyson Hannigan. [TMZ]
- Evan Rachel Wood is pissed as FUCK about paparazzi stalking her outside her pre-natal doctor appointment. [E!]
- Here's Jennifer Love Hewitt in a bikini. [E!]
- Elisha Cuthbert is the "most beautiful woman on TV." [E!]
Can this just be the standard policy for all bigots from here on out? I love it.