Another week, another internet stir causes by HBO's hit series Girls. Lena Dunham and crew have to love this kind of attention - you cannot buy this kind of advertising.
This week's is actually kind of positive, though. On last week's episode, Dunham's character Hannah and guest star Patrick Wilson's character Josh had a sex scene. A sex scene on Girls is not news - hell, it is not even that rare. What made this one stand out was its rawness, as it reflected a sense of sexiness while being honest.
Emily Nussbaum, a reporter with the New Yorker, found the episode excellent and the scene fantastic.
"[T]he Hannah/Josh scene was so intimate that it felt invasive: raw and odd and tender. That's a nearly unheard-of quality in sex on cable television, which consists largely of the same cynical motifs recycled again and again: perfect lingerie, interchangeable young female bodies (while male body types vary wildly, in age and shape), the sort of 'porn with purchase' that studs prestige cable series from 'Boardwalk Empire' to 'House of Lies,'" she wrote.
While Nussbaum found it groundbreaking, the Internet (in a move that should stun no one) has reacted negatively.
The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan, who has criticized the show in the past, defended the series, saying she did not think causing the Internet to get angry was the purpose.
"Girls" is a show that is designed to provoke, but weirdly enough, I don't think this episode was created to freak out large segments of the Internet. This was creator Lena Dunham exploring another stop on a young woman's journey of self-discovery in the big city; nothing about it struck me as odd or particularly unrealistic. The circumstances weren't usual, but that doesn't make them out of the bounds of possibility. Hannah's had a lot of sex with guys in shitty apartments; this time she had sex with a guy in an nice brownstone. The show had established, long before this episode, that she's voracious for new experiences, so her hanging out with a rich person was bound to happen sooner or later. Also, people get laid by all kinds of other people all the time. This is news?"
Did you see the scene? Did you react positively or negatively, or was it just another scene?