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Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow React Strongly to Dumb, Sexist Question about 'Girls' from Oblivious, Dumb Reporter

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 10, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 10, 2014 |

The Television Critics’ Association is going on this week, and next, and probably the next (it always seems to go on forever), which is always great, because it gives critics a chance to ask some of the dumb questions that actors and showrunners would simply ignore from the dumb people Tweeting at them. For instance, yesterday, Tim Malloy — who writes for The Wrap — posed this question in the form of a dumb statement:

“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.”

Tim Malloy was shocked that Judd Apatow and Lena Dunham would take offense to the question, and even more taken back when Apatow asked Malloy if he had a girlfriend, and then followed that up with, “Does she like you?”

Apatow’s initial response, however, was “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.”

Dunham, meanwhile, responded that her nudity was “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.”

Later, Jenni Konner — the showrunner on Girls — interrupted a different question because she was still bugged by Malloy’s question.

“I literally was spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about that guy,” she said pointing to the Malloy. “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.”

Still, Malloy stood by the question, asserting to Apatow that if nudity really was simply a realistic expression, why didn’t Paul Rudd get naked in This is 40, which 1) is a dumb follow-up question/defense of a dumb question, and 2) maybe Malloy doesn’t remember that Rudd basically showed the audience his taint in a realistic expression of what it’s like to be 40 and wonder if there was something wrong with this balls.

But Malloy continued to persists that there was nothing wrong with his line of questioning. He even later asked his girlfriend if the question was OK, and she was totally cool with it, which makes it totally OK, everybody! Yay! Tim Malloy’s girlfriend didn’t find the question objectionable! (Or three seasons too late).

Flavorwire’s Jason Bailey, I think, had the best response:

Two different quotes from Malloy: “I just don’t get the artistic reason for it, and want to understand it, because I’m a TV critic.” “I’m trying to understand it as a TV critic. That’s my job.” Hey, sorry to break it to you buddy, but if you have to have every artistic choice on a show explained to you so you can “understand it,” you’re not a very good TV critic.

Oh, and before anyone in the comments gets the idea that they’d like to add something dumb into the conversation, someone in Twitter has already taken care of it for you:

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Source: EW, The Wrap, Jason Bailey

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