Confronting the Flash
The benefits of following Lena Dunham on Twitter are manifold. On the one hand, you are subject, at any given moment to consume such comedic gems as “My health googles have led to me a condition called ‘sherbet legs,’” or, “Statistic: roughly 90% of the men who call me fat on twitter have a confederate flag as their avatar.” Furthermore, too, you are reminded that every time she lets one rip, Dunham has elected to have a photo of her young self, made up as a ventriloquist’s dummy function as her avatar.
And then sometimes, she even benches her own sense of humor to share a profoundly fascinating — and often tantamount-in-comedic-and-prolific timing — slice of intellect from elsewhere. Most recently, I noticed on Monday that she tweeted a YouTube link tethered to a comment about its being an antidote to today’s Internet, which redirected me to Chioke Nassor’s Storytime: Sasheer Meets her Flasher.
It seems true to Dunham form that she would endorse a video that is equal parts comedy and political charge to make a nuanced point about the reality of vile behavior in conjunction with the choice a woman faces to act on her freedom and empower herself to walk away from an uncomfortable and highly degrading situation almost completely unaffected and scathed. To give her flasher, however, so much as even an aorta of credit in the department of aftermath-related sentimentality seems unlikely.
Still, Sasheer: 1. Flasher: 0. (As in, inches).