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The Lena Dunham Cover Picture National Review Should Have Used

October 16, 2014

The new issue of National Review features a full page picture of Lena Dunham which has many conservatives scratching their heads. I have to admit, when I first saw the Tweet below from NR’s Kevin Williamson on Twitchy, my first thought was that if I had a subscription I would cancel it…

Conservatives are already forced to ignore hypocritical liberals like Lena Dunham on the covers of countless pop culture and fashion magazines. Must we be forced to see her on the cover of a conservative publication too?

If you look at Williamson’s article, you’ll find that it’s not at all complimentary of Dunham…

Pathetic Privilege

Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to a homework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship therapist when she fought with her mother; constant visits to homeopathic doctors, and visits to child psychologists three times a week; having a summer home on a lake in Connecticut, and complaining about it; writing a “voice of her generation” memoir in which ordinary life events among members of her generation, such as making student-loan payments or worrying about the rent or health insurance, never come up…

It goes on and on like this, so you get the idea.

Also, if you look at the actual article, it features this image…

That’s a little better but if National Review really wanted to capture how most conservatives feel about Dunham, they might have used an image like this one…

I think the thing that bothers me most about the Dunham cover is that it’s giving her the one thing she wants more than anything. Attention.

I don’t want to pay attention to Lena Dunham. On a certain level I resent even having to write this post.

Are there no people on the right who would be more deserving of a National Review cover story?

I’d rather see a picture of SooperMexican, IowaHawk or Stacy McCain on the cover of National Review.

And what about conservative women? Surely, National Review’s readers would rather buy a copy of the magazine featuring S.E. Cupp, Jedediah Bila or Deneen Borelli on the cover than the woman who compared voting for Obama to losing her virginity with the right guy.

I also can’t help but think that NR’s newest hire Benny Johnson, the guy who was fired from BuzzFeed for plagiarism, had something to do with this. Frankly, if I was asked to imagine the BuzzFeedification of National Review I don’t think I could have done better.

Whatever their reasons, I think National Review made a mistake with this cover. It doesn’t reflect the nature of the featured column but it does come off as insulting to their readers and it’s disappointing.

Like I said, I don’t have a subscription to cancel.

I also won’t have one any time soon.

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