Lena Dunham, Producers Explode Over Questions of Nudity

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HBO announced a fourth season renewal of Girls yesterday.

Cause for celebration, right? Definitely.

But the enjoyment was short-lived for Lena Dunham and producers Judd Apator and Jenni Konner, who were featured on the show's panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour and who took exception to the very first question asked.

Lena Dunham at the TCAs

“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show by you particularly," a reporter asked. "I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you go, 'Nobody complains about the nudity on 'Game of Thrones,' but I get why they’re doing it. They are doing it to be salacious and, you know, to titillate people. And your character is often naked just at random times for no reason.”

Dunham, irritated, tried to mostly blow off the question and responded vaguely with:

"It’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive... If you’re not into me, that’s your problem, and you're going to have to kind of work that out with whatever professionals you've hired."

But Apatow and Kenner were fired up.

"Do you have a girlfriend?" Apatow asked the reporter, following up by encouraging him to quote that question directly to her and gauge her reply.

Konner thought maybe the girlfriend was a "misogynist" and later apologized to a different reporter because the first question was still in her head.

"I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy that I literally could not hear," the producer said. "I'm so sorry. I really don't mean to disrespect you. I was just looking at him and going into this rage - this idea that he would talk to a woman like that and accuse a woman of showing her body too much.

"The idea, it just makes me sort of sick. And I just want to apologize to everyone. I'm going to try to focus now, but if I space out, it will be because of that guy."

Damn. This could make for its own episode somehow - and certainly makes for good PR for the show, even if Dunham and company wished it never happened.

What do you make of the reporter's question and the subsequent responses?

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What exactly is a "rage spiral"? Is that a pass thrown by an angry football player? Welcome to celebrity, girls. See if a dermatologist can thicken that skin.


"your character is often naked just at random times for no reason.” That's it exactly. It's just odd and it's almost always the same character. The producers acted like Lena was being attacked but the question was about the show and not her personally. If you're taking your clothes off on TV you're doing it to get a reaction of some sort. I guess they didn't get the reaction they had hoped for but the rage seems like an overreaction.

@ KarenY

I'm sure it's odd to you that a female may in fact walk around wholly or partially naked in her apartment, taking baths and stuff, when said female is not part of a frat boy movie to be ogled and appreciated by males. Here's some news: we do that. Our bodies exist for other reasons than your enjoyment. And Dunham just isn't apologising for it.
The fact that you react so strongly just because it isn't a body you want speaks volumes. The fact that you can't even see the irony in this shows why it has to be done a lot more.


I think Girls is an amazing show and does the nudity happen at random times? Sure but it's realistic because around certain people in your life you feel comfortable enough to naked around them. A part of me feels like if Lena were a stick thin photoshop model, her nudity wouldn't be that big of a deal. Lena has done great things with the show and it's stupid that the nudity is questioned after the show is about to start its third season. I love that Lena constantly puts her body out there because people NEED to see a real woman's body, people need to stop being so negative about seeing a curvy woman's body.


I don't get their outrage. I kind of agree with the reporter's question. I've watched Girls on and off and the nudity pops up in odd places and it's almost always Lena Dunham's character. Sometimes it's just weird.


I have never seen this show but I hear there is a lot of nudity. I wonder why she got so upset and made like the question was a personal attack on her body. The man asked a simple question why get so upset and bring his girlfriend in the picture. I wonder why shows have so much nudity and over the top sex too. It is a good question to ask. Downton Abbey is a very popular show and they dont have nudity, over the top sex, cussing and violence and that show is great. Too many writers fall back on T&A and vulgar language when they have nothingelse better to do. Understand your fans have brains as well as eyes! I don't mind sex or nudity but sometimes it is not needed. I don't have a problem with the reporter's question but the star was having a Diva moment and acted a fool to get her show noticed more!

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