‘Girls’ producers defend Lena Dunham’s nudity

Haley Blum, USA TODAY2 p.m. EST January 10, 2014

They bit back a reporter who asked what they said was an offensive question.


It was enough to send Girls executive producer Jenni Konner into a “rage spiral.”

A question from a reporter at Thursday’s Girls panel at the Television Critics Association press tour was met with biting responses from Konner and fellow producer Judd Apatow.

The subject? Creator/actress/writer/producer Lena Dunham’s nudity on the HBO show.

“I don’t get the purpose of all of the nudity on the show, by you (Lena Dunham) particularly,” the reporter started out, “and 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 are doing it. They are doing it to be salacious and titillate people. And your character is often naked just at random times for no reason.”

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Dunham began to explain, “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.”

But Apatow jumped in at that point, asking the reporter, “Do you have a girlfriend? … Let’s see how she likes you when you quote that with your question, and just write the whole question as you stated it. … Then tell me how it goes tonight.”

“Maybe she’s a misogynist,” said Konner.

And Konner had more to say. In response to an unrelated question later in the panel, she admitted she was distracted.

“I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy that I literally could not hear,” Konner said. “I’m so sorry. I really don’t mean to disrespect you. I just was looking at him and going into this rage, this idea that you 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 so I apologize to everyone. I’m going to try to focus now, but if I space out, it will be because of that guy.”

Apatow also aired his frustrations on Twitter after the panel: “So three years into Girls a guy asks about nudity like it is episode one. That is like waiting three years to ask M Weiner about advertising,” he wrote, referring to Mad Men‘s creator, Matthew Weiner, and the show’s subject matter. Taken from USA TODAY2 p.m. EST January 10, 2014