What has been missing from the hyper-sensitive reactions is the relevance of art? Every director and producer knows that nudity elicits a reaction from the audience. If a main character of any show is naked in most episodes and the show does not revolve around a nudist colony, then it’s a fair question to ask what the show is attempting to convey, just as fair as asking Tarantino the role ultra-violence plays in his films.
What is the reason behind all the nudity? Their goal is not to titillate and boost ratings, I presume. The show is not shot in a documentary-style, so a realist technique argument does not apply. Is it a vanity thing?
Is it meant to provoke the viewer in some way? Maybe Dunham’s point is provide the flip side of the media-generated notion of the impossible-to-obtain Barbie doll-like figure, that this is what an average naked female body looks like and that American women should embrace it without shame or apologies. If so, this is a laudatory goal in which case the producers should have used the opportunity to create a dialogue, rather than having a simple-minded, knee-jerk reaction.
Instead, it comes across an overly-sensitive producer attempting to protect the fragile ego of Dunham, whom I doubt needs any defending.