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03/22/2017 12:08 pm ET Updated Mar 22, 2017

Can We All Stop Calling Lena Dunham A 'Hypocrite' For Losing Weight?

“As a woman in Hollywood, you just can’t win.”

Lena Dunham looks a bit different these days. Critics of the actress’ apparent weight loss have gone as far as to label her a “hypocrite” for slimming down, citing her longtime defiant stance against Hollywood’s toxic beauty standards.

Appearing on “Ellen” Tuesday, though, the “Girls” star reminded everyone that her appearance has no impact on her body politics. 

“You always look great, but I know that you got a lot of flack for losing weight, which is ridiculous,” host Ellen DeGeneres began the conversation. 

The actress, of course, wholeheartedly agreed with DeGeneres’ assessment and launched into a discussion about the no-win situation women in the public eye face as their bodies, seemingly inevitably, become subject to public scrutiny. 

“It’s just so crazy because I spent six years of my career being called ‘bag of milk’ on the internet,” Dunham said, adding examples, “‘bag of milk,’ ‘baby cow,’ ‘aging cow.’”

“I never felt self-conscious about it. Anyone who was going to take the time to say something negative about my weight on the internet wasn’t someone I was particularly keen to impress anyway,” she told DeGeneres. “Then, I had this experience of my body changing and suddenly I got all these people being like, ‘You’re a hypocrite! I thought you were body positive! I thought you were a person who embraces bodies of all sizes!’ I do, I just understand bodies change. We live a long time. Things happen. Andrew Rannells could get very fat. We don’t know.”

She added, “As a woman in Hollywood, you just can’t win.”

DeGeneres, who is no stranger to public judgment, responded, “You can’t win if they think you’re too heavy or too thin.” 

After reports describing Dunham as “happy and healthy” as before-and-after pictures began making the rounds online, the “Girls” actress powerfully responded to online speculation with a lengthy Instagram post about how she doesn’t “give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body.”

Read her full post below. 

Thank you for this @Refinery29. I feel I've made it pretty clear over the years that I don't give even the tiniest of shits what anyone else feels about my body. I've gone on red carpets in couture as a size 14. I've done sex scenes days after surgery, mottled with scars. I've accepted that my body is an ever changing organism, not a fixed entity- what goes up must come down and vice versa. I smile just as wide no matter my current size because I'm proud of what this body has seen and done and represented. Chronic illness sufferer. Body-shaming vigilante. Sexual assault survivor. Raging hottie. Just like all of YOU. Right now I'm struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight loss isn't a triumph and it also isn't some sign I've finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME--at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I'm doing with it, I'm not handing in my feminist card to anyone. So thank you to my girl @ashleygraham for writing so gorgeously about this on @lennyletter (link in bio). Thank you to @tracyandersonmethod for teaching me that exercise has the power to counteract my pain and anxiety, and to @jennikonner for being my partner in FUCK IT. I refuse to celebrate these bullshit before-and-after pictures. Don't we have infinitely more pressing news to attend to? So much love to all my web friends who demand that life be more than a daily weigh in, who know their merit has nothing to do with their size, who fight to be seen and heard and accepted. I love you- Lena

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