01/10/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
Girls star Lena Dunham is standing by her screen time in the buff.
The actress, who has earned both praise and criticism for dropping trou in her hit HBO comedy, got into a heated exchange Thursday when, during a panel discussion at a Television Critics Association event in Pasadena, Calif., a reporter pressed her about the nudity featured on the show.
“I don’t get the purpose of all of the nudity on the show … Your character is often naked just at random times for no reason,” the reporter remarked, which prompted a pointed response from Dunham.
“It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it,” the actress, 27, said. “If you are not into me, that’s your problem, and you’re going to have to work that out with professionals.”
“That was a very clumsily stated question that’s offensive on its face, and you should read it and discuss it with other people how you did that,” Apatow added. “It’s very offensive.”
Apatow later discussed the question after the session, calling it “sexist” and “misogynistic.”