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.
“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?