Don’t you dare question what some call the gratuitous nudity of the HBO show “Girls.”
That’s the message, anyway, from the producer and cast after a reporter asked about the purpose of “all the nudity on the show.”
Executive producer Jenni Konner said she was in a “rage spiral” that the question was asked, and an actress suggested the reporter “work that out with professionals.”
But it appears the question never was fully answered.
According to reporter Sandra Gonzalez with Entertainment Weekly, the question came Thursday as the show’s cast was promoting a new season at the Television Critics Association press tour.
A reporter asked: “I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show – by (actress Lena Dunham) in particular. 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.”
“It’s very offensive,” said Judd Apatow, an executive producer. “That was a very clumsily stated question that’s offensive on its face, and you should read it and discuss it with other people how you did that.”
Dunham said the nudity is “a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive,” according EW. “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.”
According to Konner, the question disrupted her ability to answer other questions.
“I was literally spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy. I was just looking at him looking at him and going into the 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.”
EW reported Apatow said more nudity is “more honest” and credited Dunham for being “brave enough to do it.”
The New York Daily News reported the show had “worn out its welcome.”
It is facing “fire” over its “continued depiction of New York as a haven for losers with no ambition – and for turning the characters’ shiftless lifestyles into a tourist attraction.”
Marek Fuchs, a writing professor at Sarah Lawrence College, told the News, “It’s like some bizzaro alternate universe of New York.”
The report summarizes the plot line: “Hannah (Lena Dunham) is still working at Café Grumpy, Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is mooching off her grandmother for rent and rehab, and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is more focused on putting notches on her bedpost than beefing up her resume.”