There’s a ‘Girls’ sex scene we never saw because it ‘crossed the line’ for HBO
Over the course of five seasons, HBO’s “Girls” has pushed the boundaries of cable television.
From showing Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) performing analingus on Marnie (Allison Williams) to showing Natalia (Shiri Appleby) crawling on all fours before having rough sex with Adam (Adam Driver) to showing Shoshanna (Zosia Marnet) smoking crack, “Girls” has continually nudged the “appropriate” needle.
However, it seems even HBO has its limits.
In season two, Marnie has sex with Elijah (Andrew Rannells), a gay character who used to date Hannah Horvath, who’s played by Dunham. In that scene, Dunham and Apatow wanted to include a shot of Elijah cumming.
“From the beginning, we were aware that what we were doing was sexually provocative, and that’s what made it interesting and new and fun,” Apatow said. “Lena wanted to reveal something that is normally hidden — so often you’re not talking about a giant part of most people’s lives because people don’t want to portray it on film — and that opened up tons of stories that you’re usually not able to tell.”
That’s where HBO drew the line. The network told the show’s producers that airing a cum shot could cost them their broadcasting license.
In season four, Adam begins dating Natalia (Shiri Appleby). In a controversial sex scene that several critics considered a rape, Adam’s orgasm is clearly shown. However, it wasn’t actual semen in his shot.
Instead, the show used a mixture of conditioner and Cetaphil to get the desired effect.
The end of the scene drew a lot of debate about the importance of enthusiastic consent, which Natalia didn’t express before or during sex. Instead, at the end, she tells Adam, “I don’t think I like that. I, like, really didn’t like that.”
Yet, the show’s creators don’t understand why the scene’s considered controversial.
“When people watched that scene and said, ‘Is that rape?’ I was surprised,” showrunner Jennifer Konner said. “To me, that was a fully consensual bummer of a sex scene. But that was one where people got upset, and I was thrilled for the feedback because it was really thoughtful and emotional — it wasn’t just this knee-jerk, ‘Oh, we did something else that pissed people off.'”
Ebon Moss-Bachrach & Adam Driver
Shiri Appleby – Girls S02E09
Allison Williams gorgeous cocktease in Girls [S3E11]
Was he really sucking on Allison‘s nips? It’s possible with Allison compensating for her refusal to show her nude body (I’m worried about her weight loss. She’s too skinny). Nip-slip as well (or is it a figment of my imagination)? My theory of her endowed with Katie McGrath type of tits gaining credence. You guys can see she was naked in the scene. Just praying someone from Lena team will someday leak Allison‘s on-set nude pics.Allison looking far more beautiful than usual. Did she do something to her face? There’s something different about her. Just can’t put my fingers on it.