Lena Dunham is naked, or partially naked, fairly frequently on “Girls.” (So is Jemima Kirke. Both Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet keep themselves more covered up.) Some of Lena’s nudity is during sex scenes, while a bunch of others are when her character is changing clothes, sitting on the toilet, or in the bath or shower. They are intended to be awkward, uncomfortable, or even humiliating. As is a fair amount of real-life nudity, frankly.
Yesterday, during a Television Critics Association Panel, The Wrap’s TV writer Tim Molloy asked Dunham why her character is naked so much on the show. The manner in which he “asked,” led to a curt response from Dunham, and a bit of a tongue lashing from producer Judd Apatow, who called Molloy “sexist,” “misogynistic” and “offensive.” Molloy then wrote an entire article complaining about the exchange. Keep reading »
I am the rare Brooklyn-dwelling twenty-something female who has seen no more than three (3) episodes of the hit HBO series, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate how nicely those “Girls” clean up, right? I’m actually really loving Lena Dunham‘s sparkly look here most of all, and I will never stop wanting to be/be best friends with Jemima Kirke. Maybe 2014 will be the year I finally get over my weird aversion (too close to home!) to the show and tune in. Maybe?
Audrey Gelman, if her name means anything to you at all, is best known for being one of Lena Dunham’s best friends. In fact, she is the real life inspiration for the character of Marnie on “Girls” and has appeared on the show herself as Marnie’s ex’s new girlfriend. Gelman is also an accomplished political consultant and the spokesperson for NYC comptroller Scott Stringer. Oh, and until very recently, she was Terry Richardson’s girlfriend of three years. Last week, the pair broke up. The day before, Dunham was at the center of a small Twitter shitstorm over some anti-R. Kelly sentiments she had posted on the site. Many questioned how Dunham could decry Kelly’s history of sexually abusing young teenage girls when she had posed for photographer Terry Richardson, who is well known for preying on young models and coercing them into undressing for him and other lascivious activities. Dunham was photographed by Richardson for a spread in V Magazine, but others pointed out that the two seemingly had a friendship as well, likely built around his relationship with her bestie, Gelman.
Shortly after Gelman and Richardson’s breakup became public knowledge, Dunham responded to the accusations of hypocrisy and, for the first time to my knowledge, indirectly addressed the controversy surrounding Richardson. She tweeted, “I responded asking that my feminism not be picked apart because of one PR experience. You don’t learn to say no overnight.” And after that, “Any man who takes advantage of any woman sickens me. That’s all and that’s always. No debate.” And today, Gelman spoke up for the first time as well, tweeting:
re: terry photos, @lenadunham tried to see the good i saw in someone & we both have regrets. the online discourse on these issues is vital and pushes us forward everyday. biased perhaps, but i see lena as a courageous champion of women, a critical voice who scrutinizes and challenges female representation in the media, and most of all, a wonderful and loyal friend.
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We shouldn’t be surprised that when Lena Dunham got together with YA author Judy Blume, their first conversation about “writing, celebrity, sex, censorship, and favorite breakfasts” was so earnest and entertaining that it was worthy of publication. The result is a limited-edition, 80-page book published by McSweeney’s The Believer.
Blume, a “Girls” fan, says she loves the show because she “never had that experience of being a young woman living on her own,” and by watching she gets to“to live it vicariously.” And Dunham, who grew up reading Judy Blume books like many of us, explains the importance of reading the authors’ books in the intro:“When we, as young women, are given the space to read, the act becomes a happy, private corner we can return to for the rest of our lives.” Aww. I’m already getting all soppy. After the jump, a complimentary excerpt, which will obviously make you want to go buy the thing for all the book loving ladies in your life. Spoiler: They talk about horses! Keep reading »
Last night, Amelia and I went to see David Sedaris and Lena Dunham read their work at Carnegie Hall. Surprise guest Zadie Smith introduced them and David announced that his sister Amy Sedaris was in the audience, which means that pretty much all of my idols were in one concert hall, so I could have just died right there in my nosebleed balcony seat and all would have been right with the world. From Sedaris, who I’ve seen read before, I got what I expected: wit, brilliance and quirk. He read his most recent piece published in The New Yorker about his sister’s suicide. If you haven’t already read it, please do.
From Dunham, I wasn’t sure what to expect writing-wise. I knew she was paid an absurd $3.7 million to pen a book of essays — an amount which makes it near-impossible for any writer to live up to. After hearing a few selections from her forthcoming book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, here’s what I learned: that woman can write like a motherfucker (as Cheryl Strayed would say). The book going to be a memorable read because she has something to say. Is it worth $500 a word? That’s not for me to judge. But I will be purchasing it. Keep reading »