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Lena Dunham Fires Back at TV Critic Over Girls Nudity: “If You’re Not Into Me, That’s Your Problem”

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Lena Dunham got into a tense exchange with a reporter at the Television Critics Association press tour event for “Girls” on Thursday after the journalist asked her why she’s naked so frequently on the show.

The HBO series’ creator-star was on stage with her co-stars (as well as producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner) when Tim Molloy of The Wrap posed a pointed question.

“I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show,” Molloy told Dunham. “By you particularly. I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you say no one complains about the nudity on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but I get why they’re doing it. They’re doing it to be salacious. To titillate people. And your character is often naked at random times for no reason.”

She replied, “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.”

“You’re going to have to kind of work that out with whatever professionals you’ve hired,” added Dunham.

Her producers were even more outraged.

Apatow asked Molloy if he has a girlfriend (he does), going on to say, “Let’s see how she likes you when you quote that with your question and just write the whole question as you stated it… and tell me how it goes tonight.”

Konner wondered aloud whether his girlfriend might be a “misogynist.”

Later, after the panel had moved on from the question, Konner returned to the topic.

“I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy that I literally could not hear,” she told the audience. “I’m so sorry. I really don’t mean to disrespect you. I just was looking at him and going into this rage, this idea that you would talk to a woman like that and accuse a woman of showing her body too much.”

She added, “The idea, it just makes me sort of sick, and so I apologize to everyone. I’m going to try to focus now, but if I space out, it will be because of that guy.”

What do you think about the question Molloy asked and the reaction from the “Girls” team?

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