Producers from HBO’s hit comedy series “Girls” defended the show's creator and star, Lena Dunham, from the questions of a reporter about her frequent nudity on the show.
On a session to promote the new season of “Girls” in the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday in Pasadena, Calif., a male reporter asked Dunham about her frequent nudity on the show, which he judged gratuitous.
“I don’t get the purpose of all of the nudity on the show, by [Lena Dunham] particularly,” the reporter stated. “And I feel I’m walking into a trap where you go, ‘Nobody complains about all the nudity on Game of Thrones,’ but I get why they do it. They do it to be salacious and titillate people. And your character is often nude at random times for no reason.”
Dunham reportedly replied saying: “It's because it's a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive, I think. And I totally get it. If you are not into me, that's your problem, and you are going to have to work that out with whatever professionals you've hired.”
Producer Judd Apatow instantly created a rage, when he replied to the reporter stating, “That was a very clumsily stated question that’s offensive on its face, and you should read it and discuss it with other people how you did that.” “It’s very offensive,” he added.
Jenni Konner, another producer, also furious at the reporter said: “I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy. I was just looking at him and going into this rage [over] this idea that you would talk to a woman like that and accuse a woman of showing her body too much. The idea of it just makes me sort of sick.”
Apatow also said that the nudity of the show was nothing but a function of the lives they believe the characters lead. He also credited Dunham, saying “Lena is brave enough to do so.”
Apatow later took to Twitter to express his anger: “So three years into "Girls" a guy asks about nudity like it is episode 1. That is like waiting three years to ask Mr. Weiner about advertising.”
The third season of “Girls” will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 12 on HBO.
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