With Lena Dunham nude all the time in the TV show Girls, apparently it’s considered offensive if someone dares question her reasons for this decision as both actress and creator.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Dunham recently made headlines for her “Twitter feud” with Shia LaBeouf.
In a similarly angry trend, Lena is now in the spotlight for her response and the responses of her producers, to a reporter questioning the nudity in the show Girls on HBO. The (unnamed) reporter in question apparently posed the question to Dunham, who is creator and star of the show:
“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show, by [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.”
While this doesn’t seem to actually be a question per se, the comment does seem to raise a commonly asked question: why so much nudity? Lena Dunham initially makes a good point in defending all the nudity in her show, and finishes up with a biting commentary to the reporter about how his problem with on screen nudity might be more of a personal problem for which he should seek help:
“[Nudity] is 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.”
The Television Critics Association also seemed to want answers from the show’s producers at a press tour to specifically answer the question of “why so much nudity“, and the producers of the show all had Lena’s back. Executive producer Jenni Konner said the “questions” were inappropriate and felt no need to sugar coat her disgust of the reporters question:
“I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy. I was just 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.”
Judd Apatow called the comments “offensive, sexist and misogynistic”, and further berated the reporter saying:
“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.”
When it was all said and done, the shows creators feel the nudity is an integral part of the show, demonstrating the realism and naturalism the show strives to create. The critics apparently agreed that the nudity in Girls was an authentic and valid expression of that naturalism, as the show was renewed during the conference. Judd Apatow further applauds Lena Dunham, claiming she showed courage in baring it all for 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.”
It’s possible this past year’s backlash against increasingly raunchy female nudity might have been prompted the reporter to ask the question. Sinead O’Connor tried warning Miley Cyrus that the music industry was “prostituting” her for money, but the resulting Twitter cat fight led to threats of lawsuits.
But the controversy isn’t just about Cyrus. For example, Jennifer Lawrence apparently feels critical of how the entertainment industry is sexualizing women in general:
“It is a part of the entertainment industry that sells. Sex sells, and for some disgusting reason young sex sells even more. For some people, that’s how they feel best, that’s how they feel sexy.”
In the past, Melissa Joan Hart shot down a Playboy offer and claimed some women were putting too much out there. Avril Lavigne agrees, saying nude photos and sex are unnecessary to further her career. Even Teenage Dream Katy Perry says selling sex is getting overwhelming:
“I’m not talking about anyone in particular. I’m talking about all of them. I mean, it’s like everybody’s so naked. It’s like put it away. We know you’ve got it. I got it too…. I’m just saying sometimes it’s nice to play that card but also it’s nice to play other cards. And I know I have that sexy card in my deck but I don’t always have to use that card.”
So what do you think of Lena Dunham being nude all the time in her show? Art or exploitation?