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Lena Dunham: “If you think it’s weird that I’m naked on TV a lot, you’re a misogynist pig”

January 14, 2014

As everyone who’s not marooned on the planet Neptune knows, scarcely a single episode of Girls goes by without one of the four female leads showing up naked, and it’s usually Lena Dunham, the show’s creator, chief writer, and star.

You might wonder why–but you’d better keep your wondering to yourself

Girls producers went on the defensive Thursday evening in response to a question during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour about the show’s nudity.

But that’s putting it mildly.

If you ask exec producer Judd Apatow, who addressed the incident after the panel, the wording of the reporter’s question itself, directed to creator and star Lena Dunham, was not only “offensive” but “sexist” and “misogynistic.” (For the record, here it is verbatim: “I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show — by [Dunham] in particularly. I feel like 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.”)

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In the moment, Dunham herself spoke clearly about her position on the nudity, saying it is “a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive. But I totally get it. If you’re not into me, that’s your problem and you’re going to have to work that out with professionals,” she retorted. And later, fellow EP Jenni Konner interrupted her response to another question to add, “I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy,” she said pointing to the question-asker. “I was just looking at him 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 it just makes me sort of sick.”

“Sort of sick”? Just because the reporter (Tim Molloy of Yahoo! TV) asked a perfectly legitimate question?

As Molloy wrote:

“Girls” has more nudity by its lead character than any show, well, ever. But my girlfriend and I don’t understand the reason for it. We’re cool with nudity, and if Dunham wants to be naked, great. I’m not offended by it. I don’t like it or not like it. I just don’t get the artistic reason for it, and want to understand it, because I’m a TV critic.

Later in the panel executive producer Jenni Konner said she didn’t understand why I thought I could “talk to a woman” that way.

Huh? Talk to her like a writer who has made a bold creative decision?

Molloy doesn’t understand the first rule of feminism: Never, ever ask a feminist why she says what she says or does what she does. That’s sexist, and you’re a pig.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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