Lena Dunham Compares Reading Gawker, Jezebel to Enduring Domestic Abuse (Audio)

“If I read it, it’s like going back to a husband who beat me in the face — it just doesn’t make any sense,” actress tells Kara Swisher on Re/Code podcast

Lena Dunham has compared reading Gawker to being a domestic violence victim in a new interview with Kara Swisher on her Re/Code podcast that covered the star’s views on feminism and online harassment.

“I used to read Gawker and Jezebel in college and be like, ‘I can’t wait to get to New York where my people will be to welcome me,'” Dunham said. “And it’s like, it’s literally if I read it it’s like going back to a husband who beat me in the face — it just doesn’t make any sense.”

The “Girls” creator and star also said that she will often want to open an article to read it, but if she sees that it’s a Gawker link she will say, “Oh no, I can’t open that.”

Jenni Konner, who co-founded Lenny Newsletter with Dunham, added that Gawker was “just too toxic,” and that the duo doesn’t open any links from the website anymore.

Dunham has often spoken out about Gawker — in July, she tweeted about the “cruel and unnecessary stories” on the online news outlet.

Her criticism came after Gawker published a story in alleging that a Conde Nast executive had tried to hire a gay porn star.

Since then, Dunham has had a love/hate relationship with Twitter, about which she opened up about in the interview as well.

“I don’t look at Twitter anymore. I tweet, but I do it through someone else,” said Dunham. “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.”

According to her, she’s been a victim of verbal abuse on the social media platform.

“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 10 mentions that say I should be stoned to death.’ That’s verbal abuse,” said Dunham. “Those aren’t words you’d accept in an interpersonal relationship. […] For me, personally, it was safer to stop.”

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