Lena Dunham: I feel terrorised on Twitter
Actress Lena Dunham has stopped using Twitter firsthand as it's not a "safe space" for her.
The Girls star has many loyal fans on social media, boasting nearly five million followers combined on Twitter and Instagram.
She recently shared a photo of herself in musician boyfriend Jack Antonoff's Calvin Klein underwear, which led to mass criticism of her figure. While she found the picture funny, Lena wasn't amused by the nasty comments aimed at her.
"I don't look at Twitter anymore," she revealed during a podcast with Re/code. "I tweet, but I do it through someone else. I don't even know my Twitter password, which may make me seem like I'm no longer a genuine community user.
"I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, so I didn't want to cut off my relationship to it completely, but it truly wasn't a safe space for me."
In fact, the star even believes it's harmful to be exposed to negativity online.
"I think even if you think you can separate yourself from the kind of verbal violence that's being directed at you, that it creates some really kind of cancerous stuff inside you, even if you think, 'Oh I can read like ten mentions that say I should be stoned to death,'" she continued.
"That's verbal abuse. Those aren't words you'd accept in an interpersonal relationship. For me, personally, it was safer to stop."
Lena does however still manage her own Instagram account, as she finds the community there "more positive".
She's amazed at how such a simple, non-graphic picture triggered such a debate over women's bodies. On top of this, she's worried how it will affect her younger fans.
"I had two feelings: a) I don't want to share my space like this, but b) The teenage girls who come to my page because they want to see what I'm reading or see a picture of my weird underwear-eating dog or see what Jenny in my office looks like – I don't want them seeing a picture of me in my boyfriend's boxers and then be told I'm obese and anyone who looks like me is repulsive and I deserve to be dragged around and smacked," she sighed.
Lena is no stranger to flashing the flesh and often goes topless in her hit TV show Girls, which she stars in, writes and produces.
- Cover Media