With a provocative golden age of television upon us, we’ve gotten used to seeing steamy sex scenes on the small screen. But as showrunners continue to push the envelope, they’re giving us more glimpses into characters’ experiences with nudity that don’t necessarily involve coitus.
The 2013 Emmy Award nominations will be announced bright and early tomorrow morning, which means we’ll soon have the pleasure of knowing who to root for come September and what to immediately start complaining about on Twitter. Assuming some of the performances we’ve been most fond of won’t be recognized by the Academy, here are a few of our favorite moments from the past year on the tube worthy of both industry hardware and your undying love.
Newly-minted Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham made some unfortunate headlines recently following some unkind remarks about her from shock-jock Howard Stern. Luckily that all ended peacefully, but now the multi-talented Girls star is throwing some shade of her own: At pop goddess Rihanna! Oh girl, didn’t you read our post about Riri’s most vicious Twitter slams? This could be bad news, you guys.
Lena appeared on Alec Baldwin’s podcast Here’s The Thing (lulz) and admitted that she “used to be really into” Rihanna. But lately she feels that her DGAF attitude has gone a little too far, and worries about the effect that she’s having as a role model on her young fans. “I don’t want to ever throw stones from my glass house, but I follow her on Instagram and I just think about how many little girls beyond what I could even comprehend are obsessed with Rihanna,” Lena explained. “Like you know, she left Barbados, she’s had this amazing career, she’s won a Grammy. She’s talented.”
She cites Rihanna rejoining Team Breezy as a major turning point for her. “Then she gets back together with Chris Brown and posts a million pictures of them smoking marijuana together on a bed. And it cracks my heart in half in a way that makes me feel like I’m 95 years old.” Many of Ri’s Navy are starting to wonder if her “good girl gone bad” shtick isn’t just an act, and fear the way she’s influencing children who look up to her.
We’re excited to see what comes out of the new friendship between Howard Stern and Lena Dunham. After all, they love the same things: nudity, jokes, nudity, um, listening to themselves talk? We obviously love listening to them talk to, which is why we are emotional invested in the Girls creator’s visit to the Howard Stern Show today. After Lena repeated Stern’s description of her as a “little fat chick” on Letterman last Friday, Stern apologized for his choice of words. Today, he sooooort of stuck by that when Dunham came in for an interview. “I realize: not only am I addicted, but I totally get you. I’m in love with you and your character,” Stern said of Girls, before adding “It’s not about apologizing, although I want to say I’m a fan of yours … I love you and I think you’re terrific.” We know plenty of little terrific fat girls that we love, so we completely understand where Howard Stern is coming from!
Fortunately Dunham is not the kind of person who gets easily upset. (Of course she isn’t. Have you seen the mean things people write about her on the Internet?) “I’m not super thin, but I’m thin for, like, Detroit,” she quipped, to which Howard replied that she’s not “obese or anything.” Luckily for Stern, Lena took it in stride. “I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort to rectify [this], but whether you’d done that or not, I’d have remained a [Howard Stern] enthusiast,” Dunham replied. Either way, we have enough Lena Dunham love to overrde a million “fat girl” comments.
If you’ve been following the saga of Howard Stern and Lena Dunham since last week, you might be a little seasick with all the ups and downs their public words have taken — from insult to mock offense to love fest. To recap, Stern commented on Dunham’s frequent nudity on Girls, calling her “a little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill, and she keeps taking her clothes off, and it kind of feels like rape. … I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on. … Good for her. It’s hard for little fat chicks to get anything going.”
When the writer/producer/star visited Letterman on Thursday night, she said she kind of loved his comment. “I want my gravestone to say, ‘She was a little fat chick and she got it going,’ ” she said, adding that she’s a huge Stern fan.
“You wanted this.”
“I wanted this so bad.”
“And now you’re getting it.”
“And now I’m finally getting it.”
“It’s about f***ing time.”
“It’s about f***ing time.”
Lena Dunham had herself a NIGHT last night, didn’t she? Not only did the series that she created, Girls, win the Golden Globe for Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy, but Dunham herself upset the likes of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to take home the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series: Musical or Comedy. As momentous as those victories were, perhaps her most triumphant moment of the night came before the opening credits of the Season 2 premiere of Girls on HBO even rolled. We’re referring directly to the image and the dialogue above, in which a naked Lena Dunham is getting down with a naked Donald Glover, giving a not-at-all-subtle “Eff you” to all the critics who blasted her last season for an alleged lack of racial diversity on her show.
Today has proved to be a day of choices. Most important on that list has been which microwave popcorn to get in time for the Girls Season 2 premiere later today on HBO. The first episode’s called It’s About Time, and we agree with the title, because it really is about time that the show came back, because we’ve been missing it. While, the show gave us the gift that is Lena Dunham, we’ve also been wowed by her co-star, Allison Williams, who plays Marnie, this whole year. Allison’s not only gorgeous, with this enviable mane of chestnut hair and flawless skin, we’ve also kept an eye on her only to realize that she has some serious fashion cred as well. Props to her stylist, because Allison’s turn-out through 2012, uptil the present day, at almost every event, premiere or fashion show she’s turned up at has been sartorially stellar. And we love that she’s not afraid to throw on some color!
We’ve compiled a list of our top 15 best looks in the gallery below, gathered through 2012 up till now, January 2013. Don’t worry, in case you just have to know who she’s wearing so you can do some research of your own, we’re also put down the designer and the place she’s at in the captions. A couple of staunch favourites before you delve in. We’re in love with the sea-green, shimmery Naeem Khan gown she wore to the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York, back in November. The hot pink ladylike, but sexy, Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 ensemble worn to an Emmy pre-party is another killer. Oscar seems to be her go-to designer, because she also wore an emerald green by the designer to the Emmy’s and it was one of the best gown of the night, in our opinion. A red Stop Staring! cap-sleeved sheath worn to the New York premiere of The Master is also a fantastic pick. We’ll leave the rest to you. Do let us know what your favorites are? Keep an eye out for this lady. She’s only getting better and better.
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It seems to us that vast majority of people who hate Girls haven’t actually seen the show. Not that there aren’t plenty of people who tuned in for the first season and decided it wasn’t for them; they just don’t happen to be the people who seem to really loathe it. If you know for sure you hate Girls and yet haven’t actually watched it, or you saw the first ep and bailed, indulge us for a few minutes when we try to explain why you should tune in to the show’s second season. Open your mind and heart to this reality!
In real life, Lena Dunham is way more responsible than most people — she’s 26 and runs her own show and makes her own movies! — but something about the way she talks about her new dog Lamby, whom she adopted on Wednesday, reminds us a whole lot of her Girls character, Hannah Horvath.
“I adopted him at Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition,” she told VH1 News at the season two premiere of Girls. “I wanted a dog for so long.”
Getting paid to mine your own life for humiliating moments is pretty much our dream job, so it’s only natural we pay Lena Dunham homage as one of the 12 Celebs Who Dominated 2012. Remember when Girls premiered on HBO on April 15 of this year and the internet exploded? Remember how that happened after Dunham had already made her first feature film Tiny Furniture in 2010? Man, we could write 5,000 about Lena’s awesomely brave Girls nude scenes or that time Hannah flies face-first off Adam’s bike, but chances are you’ve already seen them. If you haven’t…well, where were you this year?