Lena Dunham Naked – Nude HBO Scenes in Girls Create Drama

| January 12, 2014 | 7 Comments

Why So Much Drama Over Lena Dunham Nude HBO Scenes in Girls?

Lena Dunham Naked and Nude Scenes On HBO Show Girls:

Lena Dunham Naked and HBO Nude Scenes – As the hit HBO series Girls enters its third season, the show’s nudity seems to be on everyone’s minds once again. As I discussed in my past article about Lena Dunham, the very honest and unapologetic nudity onscreen has been a frequent topic of discussion and big point of criticism.

Lena Dunham plays the main character, Hannah. She is probably the one we see naked most often. She’s been frequently asked about the nudity in interviews. Eventually, Dunham seemed to get annoyed by the questions.

The nudity question was recently brought up again. This time, in an interview with Bernard Molloy on The Wrap. He asked Dunham precisely why the Girls character she portrays “is naked so much?”

He said, “I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show. 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.”

With regards to Girls, he just did not seem to be able to wrap his head around the fact that Dunham’s character is just naked for the sake of being naked.

Dunham replied by saying,”it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem.”

One would think that the discussion about Lena Dunham nude scenes would end there but no such luck!

Dunham’s co-producers, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, were really ticked off by Molloy’s question. Konnor was so angry during the interview that she couldn’t focus as the conversation progressed. She interrupted to say she was “spacing out because I’m in such a rage spiral about (Molloy). … 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.

Once the panel discussion was over, Apatow offered up some explanation to Molloy as to why the Lenha Dunham nude scenes are much more common than any of the other actor’s in the series. He went on to say that “Lena is confident enough to do it so we have the opportunity to talk about other issues because she is braver than other people. If Paul Rudd said to me, ‘I’m willing to be completely naked in the movie,’ I would use it … because it’s more honest.

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Lena Dunham herself interjected that “I have people naked when they’re willing to do it.”

Apatow later argued with Molloy and said to him, “There’s a way to word a question about the reason for nudity on the show and it was not done elegantly. If you re-read it and you listen to it you will not be proud of yourself.” Apatow went so far as to say it was “sexist and offensive … misogynistic.”

Molloy is apparently baffled by the producers’ anger and wrote an article about it, saying he just asked out of curiosity as a TV critic. Perhaps we’re not getting the full meaning without hearing his tone when he asked it. But we can sort of see why they might take offense based on how he worded it and how Dunham responded. It’s as if he’s saying the nudity on Girls is obviously not meant to titillate because Hannah is not sexy and clearly not stripping down for the male gaze. And so, what’s the point. As if that can be the only point of women getting naked on TV, ever.

But, he would have a point. Since most nudity on TV these days is still based out of sexual contexts. A naked woman on TV almost always equals sexy time. On Girls, people are presented with a lot of everyday, realistic, nonsexual nudity, and they just don’t know what to do with it. Hannah is top-free and / or naked in a lot of funny contexts, but I think she’s still just representing reality.

She’s a bit more naked than your average super-modest friend, but I’d say it’s still a lot like real life. Some women do hang out naked eating cake at home and aren’t afraid to wear mesh tops in public. Doesn’t everyone have a friend that likes to be naked as much as her?

In a GQ interview when asked about critics calling her an exhibitionist, she replied, “I understand that (question) when the nudity and sex are taken out of context, but it’s not like my character is an exhibitionist – she’s just living her life, and I happen to be trying to capture her life on camera and not trying to avoid any parts of it. So I would think that the amount of nudity is entirely appropriate in the context of the show…”

In other TV shows, it’s common to see women having sex wearing bras, and they modestly pull up the bed sheet around them when their partner gets up in the morning. Maybe we should be asking those producers, why are all of your characters covered up so often? Even in sex scenes where nudity would be totally appropriate? Oh yeah, nudity censorship. Why do we have that again?

It’s not wrong for Molloy to ask about the artistic reasoning behind the nudity in Girls. I guess he could have worded it better. But I do think it’s become pretty clear by now that there is no special meaning behind the Lena Dunham Nude Scenes. As Lena says, it’s just a “realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive.”It’s reality, sans censorship and fabricated modesty.

In any case, their approach seems to be working as Girls has already been renewed for a fourth season. Catch the third season premiere tonight at 10 EST on HBO. You should also tweet, post and email supportive remarks to HBO, Lenha Dunham and to the entire Cast of Girls if you like it. I hope we see just as much nakedness this season! Perhaps by the end of of season three, people will begin to “get it” – Nudity and the Lena Dunham nude scenes, in and of themselves, are NOT lewd, sexual or shameful! It’s just life.

This post about the controversy over the Lena Dunham Naked and Nude Scenes in Girls was published by Young Naturists America

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