Lena Dunham and her Girls crew verbally decimated a journalist who dared to question why she always goes nude in her HBO show.
The Girls creator/actress was at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Thursday when she was asked by a journalist for The Wrap, ‘I don’t get the purpose of all of the nudity on the show, by you (Lena Dunham) particularly. 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.’
Durham then snapped back before the journalist could finish, ‘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.’
The responses of Girls producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner were even more scathing.
‘Do you have a girlfriend?’ Apatow asked the journalist (who has, by the way). ‘… 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.’
Konner added, ‘Maybe she’s a misogynist.’
Later on in the interview when the subject had shifted to other concerns, Konner went right back to the nudity issue.
‘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.’
And Apatow later posted on Twitter after the panel, ‘So three years into Girlsa guy asks about nudity like it is episode one. That is like waiting three years to ask M Weiner about advertising.’
The bashed journalist, name Tim Molly, later defended himself online, saying that his question’s intentions were highly misunderstood.
‘If [Lena] Dunham wants to be naked, great. I’m not offended by it,’ Molloy said. ‘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.’