While the Girls producers were on a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour they went on a “rage spiral” when a misguided reporter asked a very thinly veiled misogynistic question about Lena Dunham being naked all the time on camera.
The reporter asked,“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show — by [Dunham] in particularly. 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.”
The guy is basically saying he understands why Game of Thrones does it because it’s “sexy” but doesn’t understand why Lena does it because when she does it he doesn’t get a boner about it.
Judd Apatow came to her defense and pointed out how offensive the inquiry is, “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. It’s very offensive.” Judd continued to push the guy, insisting he must have a hard time looking in the mirror and saying, “Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you?”
Lena Dunham explained why she’s nude all the time, “It’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive. 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.”
I think Lena has a point, in real life we are naked at random times. I live with three other women who I can regularly find doing the dishes, baking cookies or just hanging out with their tops on. That’s what a lot of women do in a safe space because clothing is just uncomfortable to have on all the time.
Executive Producer Jenni Kohner said, “I literally was 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 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.”
I never understood complaints about nudity (unless is the objectifying kind of course). At the end of the day nudity is just bodies and the American hang up about hiding our true, natural selves is a sickness unto itself. If we’re to grow up being ashamed of what we look like and ashamed of what other people actually look like, it’s no wonder self-esteem issues run rampant in this country.
Judd Apatow then explained that Lena is actually doing something pretty courageous for the sake of her art, “Lena is brave enough to do it. If Paul Rudd said to me, ‘I’m willing to be completely naked in the movie,’ I’d do it. If Seth Rogan said he was willing to be naked — he showed his butt in a post-sex scene in Knocked Up — I would use it because it’s more honest. Most people are not comfortable so we don’t go there.”
I agree, whenever I see a sex scene where a woman is wearing a bra in bed to keep things PG, I can’t help but wonder what woman on earth wouldn’t use any opportunity she gets to not wear a bra?