‘GMA’ Discusses Lena Dunham Nudity Question With TheWrap's Tim Molloy (Video)

“I never criticized her appearance. … That would be crazy, and tasteless, and awful,” Molloy tells ABC's “Good Morning America”

TheWrap‘s TV editor Tim Molloy already explained his side of the story when a question about nudity upset “Girls” executive producers Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner last week, but this week he explained it on “Good Morning America.”

“I absolutely never criticized her appearance, and would never do that. I would never do that,” Molloy told ABC's GMA. “That would be crazy, and tasteless, and awful.”

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“GMA” correspondent Amy Robach noted that he also urged anyone upset “go to a charity, volunteer, make a difference, take your rage somewhere else and do good with it.” (He's pointed to Plan USA's “Because I'm a Girl” project.)

Molloy made headlines last week when he inquired about the purpose of Dunham's frequent nudity on the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy during the show's panel at the Television Critics Association tour.

“I thought that was a big artistic choice, and was inquiring why, as a writer, she made that choice,” Molloy told “GMA,” and told the show's producers during the panel.

Molloy noted during the tense exchange with “Girls” producers last week that he didn't understand why Dunham's character, Hannah, is “often naked at random times for no reason.” Dunham seemed to take the observation personally.

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“It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think,” Dunham told Molloy. “And I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem.”

Molloy has previously praised “the brilliance” of “Girls.”

“If Dunham wants to be naked, great. I’m not offended by it,” he wrote last week. “I don’t like it or not like it. I just don’t get the artistic reason for it, and want to understand it, because I’m a TV critic.”

  • rfk

    Keep backpedaling, Tim.

    • tim.molloy

      Want to be totally clear: My original question was fine. No backpedaling. (Also, given your concern with gender equality, please join me in giving to the charity linked above.)

  • Overrated Lena

    Oh, Tim. The Lena Army will never leave you alone. Their own insecurities and millennial angst will keep them going.

  • boredwithnudelena

    I don't understand this backlash. After watching girls, I felt exactly the same way. None of the actors seem to have any chemistry with her when she's naked, and honestly I thought it was just supposed to be akward every time she was on screen naked, because I never once felt as if those scenes were supposed to represent the closeness between the characters, just an excuse for the lead writer to be naked all the time. I am a 30 yr old female btw, and also, a person can just not want to have to see someone naked, which is why i stopped watching that show, other than I dislike the plots, characters, and general writing on the show..I was just tired of HAVING to see Lena Dunham naked in situations that don't call for it.

    • DCGirl

      Well said!!

      • makingsense

        I agree I am not sure what the purpose of her being naked has to do with any of the story lines I watched the first season and stopped the show was uninspiring and just got stupid. I guess being awkward weird and just sort of gross is the new cool these days

        • Voltaire

          You clearly don't understand what the word “story” means. Her nudity may not have anything to do with the “plot”. But there could be a number of hidden truths or themes being conveyed that articulates a certain tone rendered in the service of the story… which you don't understand because – let's face it – you're a bit thick headed aren't you?

        • Voltaire

          You clearly don't understand what the world story means. Her nudity may not have anything to do with the “plot”. But there could be hidden truths or themes being conveyed that articulates a certain tone in the service of the story… which you don't understand because – let's face it – you're a bit thick headed aren't you?

    • Voltaire

      You clearly don't understand what the word story means. Her nudity may not have anything to do with the “plot”. But there could be hidden truths or themes being conveyed that articulates a certain tone in the service of the story… which you don't understand because – let's face it – you're a bit thick headed aren't you?

  • Jacob

    Tim, as a critic you should be aware of the context of your question. If a valid and understandable reason for nudity on-screen is to be “salacious” then nudity on-screen to not be salacious, or to just be nudity for its own sake, should be equally as valid and understandable — either as a response to, or critique of, sexualization of women in the entertainment industry, or, more simply, as a naked moment in the character's day to day life.

    • tim.molloy

      But… “salacious” isn't a compliment.

      sa·la·cious
      səˈlāSHəs/
      adjective
      adjective: salacious
      1.
      (of
      writing, pictures, or talk) treating sexual matters in an indecent way
      and typically conveying undue interest in or enjoyment of the subject.
      “salacious stories”synonyms:pornographic, obscene, indecent, crude, lewd, vulgar, dirty, filthy; More

  • Sarah

    It's still a weird question where there is loads of nudity in such a prudish country like the US. People (worldwide, but also in the US) spend a part of their life naked – when they have sex, sometimes sleep, shower, bathe, need to pee before they go have a shower, or – as I'm very comfortable walking around naked within the comfort and safe environment – just in their own home. Very often this happens between outfit changes or on lazy Satur/Sundays. I'm sure quite a few Americans do this too, probably more likely to be in their 20s. So no, I don't think Tim meant it badly, but as a TV critic, I hoped he could reflect a bit better on your own culture than to just blurt out this question. And maybe you would have rephrased the question and not compared it to Game of Thrones, since it has nothing to do with that and exactly that comparison made it misogynistic – even if you didn't mean it.

  • SunflowerBlue76

    I am sick of seeing people naked on so many of today's shows, Game of Thrones for example. I feel like most of the nudity just distracts from the storylines and takes away from the experience. I realize GoT books are filled with “nudity” and descriptive language regarding body parts, but after awhile I feel like, “geez! Is the writers vocabulary so deteriorated that those parts become more frequent and vulgar to cover for having nothing better to say?!?” Maybe the damn audiobooks wouldn't be 48 hours long, EACH if he'd just skip the crap and get to the point!!!

    • Voltaire

      Asexual much?

  • kbirdusa

    I find her to be a revolting, talentless little troll. In an episode from last season, one character ejaculated on another's back. That is filthy, and would only be thought up by a talentless, disgusting mind.