If there’s one important takeaway from this, the milestone one millionth article about whether Judd Apatow is a feminist, it’s probably a reminder to get really, really excited for the HBO show Girls, written by Lena Dunham and produced by Apatow, premiering in early 2012. The pilot episode apparently features a scene in which “a young woman talks about the digestive perils of snorting coke and then drops a Flaubert reference.” I’m as excited as Madame Bovary was “a doctor’s wife who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life”!
Anyway. The article talks about the writing process behind the bridal store scene in Bridesmaids and dispels the idea that, as Apatow puts it, “my main role in the development process was adding some of the raunchier elements.” It also discusses his early experiences learning to write TV at the hands of funny women like Roseanne Barr. That must’ve been a Sentimental Education. (No? Really? Come on, guys, we were just warned that there would be Flaubert references to get ready for. Am I doing all this Wikipedia-ing for myself here?)