Girls Producers Rip Reporter Who Asked About Rampant Nudity
Judd Apatow asks him, 'Do you have a girlfriend?'
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Posted Jan 10, 2014 1:13 PM CST
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(Newser) – If you don't like the nudity on HBO's comedy-drama Girls, that's your problem, the show's producers said yesterday. During a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, a reporter apparently asked creator, producer, and star Lena Dunham why the show's seemingly random nude scenes are necessary. She and the show's two other producers didn't hold back in their responses:

  • Dunham: "It's a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. 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."
  • Judd Apatow: "Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you? Let's see how she likes you when you quote that with your question, just write the whole question as you stated it."
  • Jenni Konner: Later in the event she brought the incident up again, noting, "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 ... accuse a woman of showing her body too much. The idea of it just makes me sort of sick."

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Jan 11, 2014 7:36 PM CST
I come from New York. When I moved to Northeast Pennsylvania I perceived no substantial difference in the freedom of the cable media. Now I live in South Carolina and, to me, the censorship seems palpable and pervasive. Nudity, if it is shown at all, even partially, is invariably airbrushed. The movie description lists "nudity" but it is not there. It gets a lot worse: there are reruns of Married with Children, a show notorious for Christina Applegate's short skirts and attractive legs. Well, where I am they have found more episodes of her in pants than I ever realized existed! Who has the hang ups? Who is preoccupied with sex? Whose mind is "dirty" in this context: me or the censors who are busy catching these things! Do you believe children are more harmed by seeing a short skirt and a female leg than by being taught such things are vile and wicked? And it gets worse still. Programs are peppered with bleeps and substituted dialogue that does not comfortably fit the soundtrack. Words that are bleeped or changed include: dam and hell! 50 years ago Jack Parr showed NBC his back without warning over the bleeping of "water closet". Do you live with the same where you are? I really wonder. How many here want to return to Desi and Lucy sleeping in separate beds and not uttering the word "pregnant"?
Jan 11, 2014 7:34 PM CST
damn sure wish i had me some hbo!
Jan 11, 2014 11:12 AM CST
Ms. Dunham is intelligent enough to figure out that she has three options: 1) Stop masturbating, as it is commonly the driving force behind exhibitionists (yes Ms. Dunham you are an exhibitionist), 2) Have your character lose 30-40 lbs. and get a boob job, so that your nudity is not painful for the audience to look at, 3) Listen to the reporters advice and stop being an exhibistionist own the show, based on your power being the producer. No other shows rampant nudity of an unattractive female.