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Lena Dunham trumps Edward Snowden at SXSW

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I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that people would prefer to listen to a regularly nude celebrity than the man who single-handedly informed the world that the government was spying on them.

“Girls” star Lena Dunham, probably best known for being repeatedly nude and having a less-than-ideal Hollywood body, went head-to-head with Edward Snowden, the former contractor who leaked National Security Agency documents, at the annual South by Southwest conference on Monday.

Dunham won -- by a long shot.

SXSW coordinators thought Snowden would be the big draw, placing his panel in a room that sat 5,000 and setting up several spillover rooms to stream the interview.

Dunham’s speech, meanwhile, attracted a line that stretched out of the Austin Convention Center and around the block.

The line for Snowden? Pretty sparse just 20 minutes before the panel began. And the room was just “mostly full,” according to Business Insider reporter Steve Kovach, who attended the conference.

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