Lena Dunham (far right) with producers Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner
01/10/2014 AT 11:00 AM EST
star Lena Dunham
is standing by her screen time in the buff.
, 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."
Immediately, show producer Judd Apatow
, who was also on hand during the panel talk, jumped in to defend Dunham and took the journalist to task, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
Controversy notwithstanding, Girls
has struck a chord with loyal viewers: Its third season premieres on Sunday
, and HBO has already ordered a fourth season of the hit comedy.