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Joan Rivers fat-shames Lena Dunham: You're promoting obesity and diabetes

Joan Rivers rips Lena Dunham: Lena's saying to get fat, get diabetes and die
Joan Rivers rips Lena Dunham: Lena's saying to get fat, get diabetes and die
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Comedian Joan Rivers slammed Lena Dunham for promoting obesity and diabetes with her positive messages about body acceptance.

"You're sending a message out saying, 'It's OK, stay fat. Get diabetes. Everybody die. Lose your fingers,'" said Rivers.

Rivers, 81, made the outrageous comments during an interview with radio shock jock Howard Stern. At one point, Joan asked Howard: "Lena Dunham, who I think is terrific, how could she wear dresses above the knee?"

When Stern replied that he didn't think the "Girls" star cares what other people think about her body, Rivers quipped, "Oh, every woman gives a sh-t."

Stern, who last year apologized to Dunham for calling her fat, praised Lena for embracing her curves and not buckling under to media pressure to lose weight.

"I think the thing we love about her is she doesn't give a s--t," said Howard. "Do you watch 'Girls'? Do you watch when she's naked on there? She did a whole episode in a bikini, it was the funniest f--king thing I've ever seen."

Joan, who has fat-shamed everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to singer Adele, said there's something wrong with a woman who doesn't care about her looks.

I love that she's funny. I love that she did well, but don't let them laugh at you physically. If you look the way you look, Lena, and that's fine and you're funny, don't say it's OK that other girls can look like this. Try to look better."

Rivers, a self-professed plastic-surgery addict, has made no secret of her numerous cosmetic surgeries, which include nose jobs, facelifts, brow lifts, liposuction, Botox injections, and chemical peels.

Joan, author of I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, said there's nothing wrong with pursuing beauty. "Babies respond to pretty faces, so stop telling everyone it’s okay not to be pretty!" she said.

Dunham, creator and star of the hit HBO series "Girls," previously said she's happy with her looks and doesn't envy the stunning beauty of Victoria's Secret supermodels because she wants to be liked for her personality, not her appearance.

"I don’t think I’d like it very much," said Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl. "I don’t want to go through life wondering if people are talking to me because I have a big rack. Not being the babest person in the world creates a nice barrier."