A sweatshirt Lena Dunham helped create has sparked outrage on social media after many deemed it as “fat-shaming.” The “Girls” actress has something to say about it. 

LA-based fashion retailer Revolve advertised a new cropped sweatshirt from brand LPA on a slim model Wednesday. It reads, “BEING FAT IS NOT BEAUTIFUL IT’S AN EXCUSE.”

Body-positive model Tess Holliday shared a screenshot of the gray casualwear to her 81K Twitter followers: “@REVOLVE ya’ll are a mess.” (The online retailer has since taken down the listing.)

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The garment immediately sparked outrage. Dunham, who collaborated on the item with her friend Pia Arrobio’s brand LPA, joined in on the criticism. 

The star, writer and producer of HBO’s “Girls” said the controversial piece is a part of a line of  clothing she has been working on for months to “highlight quotes from prominent women who have experienced internet trolling & abuse.” The sweatshirt making its way around the internet features a quote directed at plus-size model Paloma Elsesser.

“This is a cause very close to my heart and the proceeds were meant to benefit charities that help young women by empowering them to express themselves through writing and art,” Dunham wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. 

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She said Revolve mistakenly released images of the sweatshirt early on “thin white women” without her knowledge, ruining the intended purpose of acceptance and showcasing the “lack of diversity in representation.”

“As a result, I cannot support this collaboration or lend my name to it in any way,” Dunham continued. “I am deeply disappointed in @revolve’s handling of a sensitive topic and a collaboration rooted in reclaiming the words of internet trolls to celebrate the beauty in diversity and bodies and experiences that aren’t the industry norm.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Revolve for comment. 

Despite Durham’s explanation of the piece and the intention of showing how harmful bullying can be, the project’s message seems to have been lost on social media users.

One Twitter user said: “Lemme guess! This shirt was designed to ‘encourage’ people to lose weight but not make fun of them. BS! Can’t wait for the excuses!”

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Lemme guess! This shirt was designed to “encourage” people to lose weight but not make fun of them. BS! Can’t wait for the excuses!

— Kayla (@kaylalbe) September 12, 2018

Another user said labeling anyone’s body type is “disgusting.” 

Telling someone that anything about their body is not beautiful is disgusting

— Kelly (@smileforkell) September 12, 2018

One Twitter user said there is “no need for excuses” when it comes to your authentic self.

Hi there, I’m fat and beautiful! No need for excuses here! I love pizza but I also ran a 10k at the weekend so… 🤷🏻‍♀️

— Emma Brown (@emmemma) September 12, 2018

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