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Girls has become a phenomenon for its realistic portrayal of 20-something ennui in new millennium Brooklyn. There's awkward sex and casual sex and revenge sex. There's also complicated relationships between boyfriends and girlfriends and best friends and the ever-present neurosis of what am I doing with my life, but as the comedy prepares to enter its third season on Sunday, one critic chose to focus on the show's liberal use of nudity. That critic subsequently received a verbal takedown by Girls producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner and series creator/star Lena Dunham.
Here's the full question, asked by a reporter during a Q&A session with the Girls cast and crew at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday: "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."
Apatow immediately chided the critic. "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,” he said. “It’s very offensive.”
Konner said the question had sent her into a "rage spiral" over the "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.”
Dunham was more diplomatic in her response, saying the nudity is "a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive." Then she added this zinger: "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.”
For everyone who is on board with Dunham's dedication to authenticity, Season 3 promises to be the show at its best: raw, complicated and darkly funny. Here's what fans can expect. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
Hannah (Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver) are living together! And happy! (Well, relatively.)
Marnie (Allison Williams) gets dumped by Charlie (Christopher Abbott, who abruptly left the series). She really doesn't take the split from her suddenly successful college boyfriend well.
Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is back! But she winds up in rehab.
After her breakup with Ray (Alex Karpovsky), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) decides to redefine herself. She gets in touch with her inner Samantha and sleeps with as many men as possible.
Girls Season 3 premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.