Lena Dunham told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday that she "just can't win" with her haters, who most recently called her a "hypocrite" for losing weight.
"It's just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called things like 'bag of milk' on the internet,'bag of milk,' 'baby cow,' 'aging cow,'" the "Girls" star said on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in the interview (above).
"I just never felt self-conscious about it," she said. "I was like, 'Anyone who is going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet wasn't someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway.'"
"Then I had this experience of my body changing," she added. "Suddenly I got all these people saying, 'You're a hypocrite. I thought you were body-positive. I thought you were a person who embraced bodies of all sizes.' I do. I just understand that bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen."
Here's the biggest takeaway she took from the endless criticism: "I was frustrated by it because it really is evidence that as a woman in hollywood, you just can't win."
Dunham has been the target of media scrutiny and body-shaming comments on social media since she rose to fame as the creator and star of HBO's "Girls." Last week, she sparked headlines about her slim physique after attending the opening of Tracy Anderson's new flagship studio in New York.
The actress shared a screenshot of an article from Refinery29 about how people need to stop talking about her weight. She addressed how she chooses to celebrate her body as is in a lengthy Instagram caption (below).
"I feel I've made it pretty clear over the years that I don't give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body," she wrote. "I've gone on red carpets in couture as a size 14. I've done sex scenes days after surgery, mottled with scars. I've accepted that my body is an ever changing organism, not a fixed entity- what goes up must come down and vice versa."
"I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I'm proud of what this body has seen and done and represented. Chronic illness sufferer. Body-shaming vigilante. Sexual assault survivor. Raging hottie. Just like all of YOU," the post continued. "Right now I'm struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight loss isn't a triumph and it also isn't some sign I've finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME--at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I'm doing with it, I'm not handing in my feminist card to anyone."
"I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after pictures," she added. "Don't we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to? So much love to all my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit has nothing to do with their size, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted. I love you- Lena"
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