As fun and fancy as the annual Met Gala seems from the outside looking in, ample evidence from celebrity guests is piling up to suggest otherwise. Following less-than-subtle shade from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Schumer and Dakota Johnson (who adorably and diplomatically discussed her Met Gala experience over shots of tequila with Stephen Colbert), Lena Dunham is the latest star to admit that she had a really shitty time at the exclusive party. Considering her date was Jenna Lyons — with whom she wore a matching tuxedo and thick-rimmed glasses along with her "Girls" and Lenny Letter partner, Jenni Konner — this is a bold, if not surprising, statement.
In an interview with Schumer in Friday's edition of Lenny Letter, the women recall their experience "sitting across from each other at the Met Ball," which Dunham described as "a crazy countdown to when we could escape." While Schumer previously told Howard Stern that being there felt like a "punishment" and she left as early as possible, Dunham was a bit more specific about which scenario turned her off — and it involved a particularly stylish football player.
"I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. He was like, 'That's a marshmallow. That's a child. That's a dog.' It wasn't mean — he just seemed confused.
The vibe was very much like, 'Do I want to fuck it? Is it wearing a … yep, it's wearing a tuxedo. I'm going to go back to my cell phone.' It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, 'This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes."
Sure, like at any industry event, Dunham was in the company of supermodels, Hollywood A-listers and the most elite of fashion people, many of whom were dressed in slinky, cut-out dresses — but that's what made her crew of ladies in tuxes all the more charming. It's unfortunate that the Met Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for the Costume Institute over the years, is starting to lose its luster as the be-all and end-all of fashion parties; instead, it seems like a breeding ground for drama (Solange and Jay Z, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston). Perhaps it's based on the luck of the seating chart draw, or the guests are just hangry, but we're thinking Anna Wintour's invite list will be a lot easier to narrow down next year if this trend continues.