Producers Vehemently Defend 'Girls' Nudity


"I literally was spacing out because I'm in such a rage spiral about that guy that I literally could not hear," Girls executive producer Jenni Konner said after a TV critic questioned the amount of nudity shown, with Lena Dunham's character in particular, on the hit HBO show. Dunham, writer, actress and producer on the series, and executive producer Judd Apatow also didn't take too kindly to the question.

This all went down during Girls' Thursday panel discussion at the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association tour (TCAs) in Pasadena, Calif. A male from the audience asked (via TODAY), "I don't get the purpose of all the nudity on the show by you particularly. 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're doing it. They are doing it to be salacious and, you know, to titillate people. And your character is often naked just at random times for no reason."

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Dunham, 27, responded, "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."

Apatow, 46, called the question "offensive," and reacted with sarcasm, telling the journalist, "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. Then tell me how it goes tonight."

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Konner chimed in, "Maybe she's a misogynist."

Later on in the discussion, Konner came back to this question, and it was there that she explained her "rage spiral." She also admitted that when another reporter was asking a question, she wasn't paying full attention. "I'm so sorry. I really don't mean to disrespect you. I was just looking at him and going into this rage -- this idea that he 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 I just want to apologize to everyone. I'm going to try to focus now, but if I space out, it will be because of that guy."

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According to TODAY, Konner was "choking back tears." Apologizing for such an emotional response, she continued, "I'm not usually like that but I can't believe he would speak to a woman like that."

returns to HBO on Sunday, Jan. 12, and the cable network just ordered up a fourth season.

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What do you think of the producers' response to the question of nudity on the show?