Lena Dunham Criticizes Rihanna for Dating Chris Brown, Smoking Marijuana

Celebrity News Jan. 23, 2013 AT 7:50PM
Lena Dunham; Rihanna Lena Dunham; Rihanna Credit: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic; Mike Marsland/WireImage.com

Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham has a bone to pick with Rihanna. The 26-year-old creator and star of HBO's Girls cited the raunchy pop star for not being a better role model.

During an interview on Alec Baldwin's Here's the Thing podcast Jan. 21, Dunham said the 24-year-old pop star's behavior isn't something young fans should try to emulate. "[Fame is] an amazing thing and it's a platform that you have to take seriously. Which is why sometimes, it's like. . . I used to be really into Rihanna, that pop star, and then it's like -- again, I don't want to ever throw stones from my glass house -- but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna."

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Dunham continued, "Like, you know, she left Barbados, she's had this amazing career, she's won a Grammy. . . She's talented. And then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I'm 95 years old."

The TV star, meanwhile, said she's "had to become more conscious about what I say and what I promote, not in a way that stifles me, but just in a way where I realize now that there are 17-year-old girls who come up to me and tell me that the show means a lot to them."

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It's not the first time the multitalented comedy star has criticized the on-again couple, who first split in February 2009 after Brown assaulted the "Umbrella" singer just before the Grammys. When the musical duo (who have since reunited romantically in real life) released two sexually explicit songs together in February 2012, Dunham tweeted, "Rihanna and Chris Brown's new duets make me want to go hide under Gloria Steinem's bed for 72 hours."

Dunham is hardly the first high-profile star to criticize the controversial couple: Miranda Lambert took aim at Brown after he won an award and performed twice at the Grammys in 2012. "I just have to speak my mind, because where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK. So that's why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun," Lambert told concertgoers in Amherst, Mass.

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In a series of tweets, Lambert, 29, added: "I don't get it. He beat on a girl. . .Not cool that we act like that didn't happen. He needs to listen to "Gunpowder and Lead" and be put back in his place."

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