When a critic from The Wrap dared to question the show's nudity, he was soon the subject some serious grief
‘Girls’ is a good show. It’s a good, funny show with interesting ideas and a well-cast, talented crew on board. And you don’t even need to trust this humble staff writer’s opinion on that: it’s won tonnes of awards and shifted loads of DVDs.
Lena Dunham is happy and willing to do nude scenes
But there are two things that split opinions regarding the show: its lack of cultural diversity and the heavy slant on nudity. And both of those things came to the fore when critics posed questions to the Girls gang at a TCA session. It was the latter that has made the news.
For context, the offending question was asked by The Wrap’s Tim Molloy, and here it is in full:
“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.”
What followed was a fairly measured response from Dunham, not contrary to her usual output of witty, cutting and honest. Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, however, decided Dunham had been insulted, and that Molloy was sexist, or had least asked a sexist question.
"It's because it's a realistic expression of what it's like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it," Dunham replied. "If you are not into me, that's your problem, and you are going to have to kind of work that out," said Dunham, and if it had been left at that, we’re sure the headlines would have been ‘Girls creator shrugs off nudism question.’ But no.
Judd Apatow gave the unluckly critic some Judd Dread
"Do you have a girlfriend?" Apatow asked Molloy. "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. Let's see how it goes tonight,” he added, assuming – because she’s a girl – that Molloy’s girlfriend would take offence to the critic’s line of questioning.
This is what occurred: a TV critic was brave enough to question a well-liked, show’s artistic decisions and was labelled as sexist because his question involved female nudity. Molloy wrote about this himself, and you should probably read his side of it, too.