Judd Apatow Slams Reporter For Targeting Lena Dunham's Nude Scenes
Judd Apatow and fellow Girls producer Jenni Konner took to Lena Dunham’s defense when a reporter questioned the actress and writer about why she appears naked in the HBO comedy series.
Apatow and Konner joined Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke for a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, where they took questions about the show.
Reporter Question's Lena Dunham's Nudity On 'Girls'
“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show — by [Dunham] in particularly,” started one reporter, according to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Since the question was directed at Dunham, she fielded the misogynistic – and sizest – question. “[It’s] a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive,” she said, adding, “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.”
Judd Apatow Comes To Dunham's Defense
Apatow, disgusted with the reporter’s line of questioning, interceded and said, “That was a very clumsily stated question that’s offensive on it’s face, and you should read it and discuss it with other people how you did that,” He added, “It’s very offensive.”
After the nudity question had long come and gone, Konner still couldn’t get over the reporter’s blatant rudeness. "I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy,” Konner said, explaining why she was having trouble answering a question from another reporter. “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.”
Girls will kick off its third season with two episodes titled “Females Only” and "Truth or Dare" Sunday, Jan. 12 on HBO at 9/8c.
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