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When news broke yesterday that an adult film parody of HBO's Girls has been released by Hustler - titled This Ain't Girls XXX, because they're clearly very creative - lots of people had very mixed reactions. Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, for instance, took to her Twitter to announce that the parody troubled her, tweeting, "I wish I had a better attitude about the Girls porn parody. I really can never predict what will trouble me and it's simply exhausting."
Today, Dunham took to her Twitter again to articulate her feelings about the parody in a more in-depth fashion. Yes, she's still troubled by it. Her thoughts:
Okay, I wracked my brain to articulate why I can't just laugh off a porn parody of Girls and here are 3 reasons:— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 24, 2013
1. Because Girls is, at its core, a feminist action while Hustler is a company that markets and monetizes a male's idea of female sexuality— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 24, 2013
2. Because a big reason I engage in (simulated) onscreen sex is to counteract a skewed idea of that act created by the proliferation of porn— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 24, 2013
3. Because it grosses me out.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 24, 2013
It's important to me to be honest about the complexities of having that out in the world. Love, Lena (porn name: Murray Broadway)— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 24, 2013