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Astronaut’s Final Farewell To Leonard Nimoy Goes Viral

Astronaut’s Final Farewell To Leonard Nimoy Goes Viral

On Friday, actor Leonard Nimoy, famous for his role in the iconic television show Star Trek, passed away at the age of 83, sending shockwaves across the country and prompting an astronaut on the International Space Station to tweet a final tribute to the actor who inspired countless people.

Terry W. Virts, an American aboard ISS, snapped a touching photo of himself giving the Vulcan salute back to Earth Saturday morning, speaking to the impact that Nimoy and Star Trek had on American space exploration, according to the Washington Post.

“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. “As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most. NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague.”

According to Fox News, Nimoy died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease inside his Los Angeles home with his family at his side. His last public statement, made last Sunday on Twitter, was both thoughtful and bittersweet.

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory,” Nimoy wrote. The post was tagged with his customary sign off, “LLAP,” which is a shortened version of his character Mr. Spock’s catch phrase on Star Trek, “Live long and prosper.”

Nimoy said that an early stage role left him “obsessed” with pursuing work with a social impact during a 2009 Associated Press interview. A goal which he had easily achieved with his role as Mr. Spock.

“I’ve fulfilled that dream, including Star Trek, for that matter,” he said. “If that’s part of the legacy, then I’m very pleased with that. I would hope the work I chose to do had some reason for being done other than just simply being a job.”

Spock, Leonard Nimoy Dies at Age 83

Spock, Leonard Nimoy Dies at Age 83

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Leonard Nimoy the gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

As part of the Yiddish Book Center Wexler Oral History Project, Leonard Nimoy explains the origin of the Vulcan hand signal used by Spock, his character in the “Star Trek” series.

Video by Yiddish Book Center on Publish DateFebruary 27, 2015. Photo by Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project.

Mr. Nimoy, who was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid-1960s, relished playing outsiders, and he developed what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship’s bridge.

Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” published in 1977, and “I Am Spock,” published in 1995.

In the first, he wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”

“Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some special effects that appear primitive by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.

His stardom would endure. Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of low ratings, a cultlike following — the conference-holding, costume-wearing Trekkies, or Trekkers (the designation Mr. Nimoy preferred) — coalesced soon after “Star Trek” went into syndication.

The fans’ devotion only deepened when “Star Trek” was spun off into an animated show, various new series and an uneven parade of movies starring much of the original television cast, including — besides Mr. Nimoy — William Shatner (as Captain Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (the navigator, Chekov).

When the director J. J. Abrams revived the “Star Trek” film franchise in 2009, with an all-new cast including Zachary Quinto as Spock, he included a cameo part for Mr. Nimoy, as an older version of the same character. Mr. Nimoy also appeared in the 2013 follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek” and crossed genres. He had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography.

He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. And he made records, singing pop songs as well as original songs about “Star Trek,” and gave spoken-word performances — to the delight of his fans and the bewilderment of critics.

But all that was subsidiary to Mr. Spock, the most complex member of the Enterprise crew, who was both one of the gang and a creature apart, engaged at times in a lonely struggle with his warring racial halves.

In one of his most memorable “Star Trek” performances, Mr. Nimoy tried to follow in the tradition of two actors he admired, Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff, who each played a monstrous character — Quasimodo and the Frankenstein monster — who is transformed by love.

In Episode 24, which was first shown on March 2, 1967, Mr. Spock is indeed transformed. Under the influence of aphrodisiacal spores he discovers on the planet Omicron Ceti III, he lets free his human side and announces his love for Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland), a woman he had once known on Earth. In this episode, Mr. Nimoy brought to Spock’s metamorphosis not only warmth, compassion and playfulness, but also a rarefied concept of alienation.

“I am what I am, Leila,” Mr. Spock declares after the spores’ effect has worn off and his emotions are again in check. “And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else’s.”

Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Leonard Simon Nimoy was the second son of Max and Dora Nimoy, Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews. His father worked as a barber.

From the age of 8, Leonard acted in local productions, winning parts at a community college, where he performed through his high school years. In 1949, after taking a summer course at Boston College, he traveled to Hollywood, though it wasn’t until 1951 that he landed small parts in two movies, “Queen for a Day” and “Rhubarb.”

He continued to be cast in little-known movies, although he did presciently play an alien invader in a cult serial called “Zombies of the Stratosphere,” and in 1961 he had a minor role on an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” His first starring movie role came in 1952 with “Kid Monk Baroni,” in which he played a disfigured Italian street-gang leader who becomes a boxer.

Mr. Nimoy served in the Army for two years, rising to sergeant and spending 18 months at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he presided over shows for the Army’s Special Services branch. He also directed and starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” before receiving his final discharge in November 1955.

He then returned to California, where he worked as a soda jerk, movie usher and cabdriver while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He achieved wide visibility in the late 1950s and early 1960s on television shows like “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide” and “Perry Mason.” Then came “Star Trek.”

Mr. Nimoy returned to college in his 40s and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Antioch University Austin, an affiliate of Antioch College in Ohio, in 1978. Antioch University later awarded Mr. Nimoy an honorary doctorate.

Mr. Nimoy directed the movies “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), which he helped write. In 1991, the same year that he resurrected Mr. Spock on two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Mr. Nimoy was also the executive producer and a writer of the movie “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

He then directed the hugely successful comedy “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), a far cry from his science-fiction work, and appeared in made-for-television movies. He received an Emmy nomination for the 1982 movie “A Woman Called Golda,” in which he portrayed the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, who was played by Ingrid Bergman. It was the fourth Emmy nomination of his career — the other three were for his “Star Trek” work — although he never won.

Mr. Nimoy’s marriage to the actress Sandi Zober ended in divorce. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and an older brother, Melvin.

Though his speaking voice was among his chief assets as an actor, the critical consensus was that his music was mortifying. Mr. Nimoy, however, was undaunted, and his fans seemed to enjoy the camp of his covers of songs like “If I Had a Hammer.” (His first album was called “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”)

From 1977 to 1982, Mr. Nimoy hosted the syndicated series “In Search Of …,” which explored mysteries like the Loch Ness monster and U.F.O.s. He also narrated “Ancient Mysteries” on the History Channel and appeared in commercials, including two with Mr. Shatner for Priceline.com. He provided the voice for animated characters in “Transformers: The Movie,” in 1986, and “The Pagemaster,” in 1994.

In 2001 he voiced the king of Atlantis in the Disney animated movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” and in 2005 he furnished voice-overs for the computer game Civilization IV. More recently, he had a recurring role on the science-fiction series “Fringe” and was heard, as the voice of Spock, in an episode of the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

Mr. Nimoy was an active supporter of the arts as well. The Thalia, a venerable movie theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, now a multi-use hall that is part of Symphony Space, was renamed the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in 2002.

He also found his voice as a writer. Besides his autobiographies, he published “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life” in 2002. Typical of Mr. Nimoy’s simple free verse are these lines: “In my heart/Is the seed of the tree/Which will be me.”

In later years, he rediscovered his Jewish heritage, and in 1991 he produced and starred in “Never Forget,” a television movie based on the story of a Holocaust survivor who sued a neo-Nazi organization of Holocaust deniers.

In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published “Shekhina,” a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God. His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teachings of the kabbalah.

His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.

But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

Eddie Ray Routh Found Guilty of Murder in ‘American Sniper’ Case

Eddie Ray Routh Found Guilty of Murder in ‘American Sniper’ Case


STEPHENVILLE, Texas — A Texas jury found a former Marine guilty of murder late Tuesday in the killings of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield.

Eddie Ray Routh showed no reaction as a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole, an automatic sentence since prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty in the capital murder case. They jury rejected Routh’s insanity defense.

As one of his victim’s siblings called him an “American disgrace” shortly after, Routh looked back at the man intensely but didn’t react otherwise.

“You took the lives of two heroes, men who tried to be a friend to you,” Chad Littlefield’s half-brother Jerry Richardson told Routh after the verdict.

The jury announced its verdict at around 9:20 p.m. local time (10:20 p.m. ET) courthouse. They were given the case at 6:36 p.m. local time (7:36 p.m. ET).

“We just want to say that we’ve waited two years for God to get justice for us on behalf of our son and as always God has proved to be faithful, and we’re so thrilled that we have the verdict that we have tonight,” Littlefield’s mother, Judy Littlefield, told reporters after the verdict was read.

Chad Littlefield’s Mom: We’ve Waited Two Years For Justice


Routh, 27, admitted to killing both men at the shooting range of Rough Creek Lodge and Resort, southwest of Dallas, on Feb. 2, 2013.

Routh pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to capital murder. His attorneys have said Routh, a former Marine corporal who served in Iraq but not in a combat role, was in the grip of a medically diagnosed psychosis at the time of the killings.

Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, was not present when the jury read its verdict. She appeared to get angry and left court as the defense presented its closing statement, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

Prosecutors said that Routh was drinking and smoking marijuana on the morning of the crime. They argued that he was paranoid because he was high, and that he was angry about living with his parents, relationship problems, money and his job — then exploded after he believed Kyle and Littlefield snubbed him.

Experts for the prosecution have testified that Routh knew what he was doing was wrong when he killed the two men.

Earlier Tuesday, jurors heard a recording in which Routh told a reporter nearly four months after the killings that, “It tore my (expletive) heart out what I did. I don’t know why I did it, but I did it.”

Routh, speaking to a reporter from The New Yorker magazine on May 31, 2013, also said, “I feel so (expletive) about it. I guess you live and learn, you know.”

The True Story Behind ‘American Sniper’

“American Sniper,” the movie based on Kyle’s account of his experiences as a Navy SEAL, was nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Kyle’s widow, Taya, attended the ceremony on Sunday night before flying back to Texas for the rest of the trial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

American Sniper Chris Kyle’s Widow Speechless Over Proceeds From Rifle Raffle

American Sniper Chris Kyle’s Widow Speechless Over Proceeds From Rifle Raffle

Taya Kyle Premiere of American Sniper - Red Carpet Arrivals Photo credit: Andres Otero / WENN

NAVY Seal sniper Chris Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle was left speechless after receiving a check for the proceeds from a raffle of a replica of Kyle’s sniper rifle on Friday.

The rifle, a McMillan .338 Lapua, was one of five rifles raffled by AmericanSnipers.org.

According to CNN, the group presented Taya with $62,000 in proceeds for her family following the raffle.

“I don’t know what to say,” an overwhelmed Taya stated. “It’s been a bittersweet journey, obviously, and I do feel that Chris is with me.”

AmericanSnipers.org co-founder Chris Sain said: “I think America needs heroes like Chris. He was a diehard American.”

Breitbart News also reported on a hunting trip in which Taya pursued and killed an antelope in Chris Kyle’s honor. In a short film of the hunt released by Weatherby Inc., Taya talked of Chris’s love for hunting and her growing love for it as well.

“The more I do it, the more I fall in love with it,” she said.

Chris Kyle was shot and killed at a Texas shooting range while trying to help a fellow vet with PTSD in February 2013.

Sarah Palin: F__K You Michael Moore!

Sarah Palin has a message for documentary filmmaker Michael Moore:

Fuc_ You Michael Moore!

According to Palin’s daughter Bristol, the former governor of Alaska, along with Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient, held up the sign pictured above, complete with crosshairs drawn into the “O’s” in Moore’s name, at the 2015 Shot Show convention being held this week in Las Vegas.

The sign was a response to a tweet Moore sent earlier this week criticizing the film “American Sniper,” about the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history.

“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse,” Moore tweeted.

Meyer, who received the Medal of Honor for heroic actions in Afghanistan in 2009, was one of many who publicly criticized Moore, an outspoken liberal.

“I’m sure that his grandfather, who died serving this country, is rolling over in his grave knowing that his grandson is using him to justify him calling U.S. servicemen cowards,” Meyer wrote in a blog post earlier this week, inadvertently referring to Moore’s grandfather rather than his uncle.

“I’d be willing to bet that at some point during his grandfather’s service, he was watched over by U.S. snipers, and probably had his life saved more than once by U.S. snipers during the war,” Meyer continued.

“I served as a Marine sniper for three years, and I believe the film American Sniper depicted what we do perfectly. A sniper’s primary goal is to eliminate ground threats for U.S. guys on the ground. Is that what a coward is? A person whose goal is to save the lives of his warrior brothers?”

Kid Rock On ‘American Sniper’ Criticism: ‘F*** You Michael Moore’

Kid Rock On ‘American Sniper’ Criticism: ‘F*** You Michael Moore’

Kid Rock during Tiger Jam 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 18, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kid Rock has joined the ranks with Dean Cain and other celebrities who called out Michael Moore and Seth Rogen after the two actors made comments criticizing Chris Kyle and the Clint Eastwood-directed film “American Sniper.”

Moore criticized the film Sunday and said that he was raised to think snipers were “cowards” because his uncle was killed by one in World War II, and then Rogen later compared the fact-based film to the Nazi propaganda film featured in Quentin Tarantion’s “Inglorious Basterds.”

Kid Rock did not approve.

“Fuck you Michael Moore, you’re a piece of shit and your uncle would be ashamed of you,” Rock wrote on his website.

“Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon. God bless you Chris Kyle, Thank you for your service.”

Rogen later backtracked on his comment and said it was blown out of proportion, which is probably your best route after you make the stupid mistake of comparing a Navy SEAL to a fictional Nazi sniper. (RELATED: Rogen Backtracks On Sniper Criticism)

Seth Rogen: ‘American Sniper’ Like Fake Nazi Propaganda Film

Seth Rogen: ‘American Sniper’ Like Fake Nazi Propaganda Film

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Last month comedian Seth Rogen was the cause célèbre of Hollywood when terroristic threats caused Sony Pictures to cancel the release of his latest movie “The Interview.” Americans from across the political spectrum spoke out in favor of Rogen’s right to make any movie he wanted, and when it was released online, Americans supported the movie.

Many may now regret that purchase.

Rogen, like all Americans, was born with the right to say anything he wants, no matter how offensive. That’s why he was able to make a movie in which he kills the leader of North Korea. But that right is always under threat, to varying degrees, by outside forces.

North Korea allegedly hacked Sony’s computer systems, but they didn’t launch any military attacks against the United States because they knew US military would respond with overwhelming force. While we are born with rights, the military defends them from external threats, which are very real.

That protection and the respect for it hasn’t stopped Rogen, a Canadian by birth but married to an American, from seizing an opportunity to smear the life story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

“American Sniper,” based on the memoir of Kyle who was killed by a soldier suffering post traumatic stress, has been a huge box office hit, surprising many on Hollywood.

Hollywood is overwhelmingly left-wing, and has released a string of anti-war and anti-military movies that have been box office flops. In that world “American Sniper” is an anomaly. It presents Kyle’s life without making judgment, warts and all. Audiences have been flocking to see the story of a man considered a genuine hero by most.

In addition to Michael Moore, who called Kyle a “coward,” Rogen appears singularly unimpressed by the film or the story of the late Chris Kyle.

It’s unclear if Rogen has actually seen “American Sniper,” but his tweet to his 2.51 million followers about it makes clear he’s not a fan of the concept.

The movie to which Rogen referred is the fake “Nation’s Pride,” the Nazi propaganda movie that draws Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and other Nazi high command leaders to the theater where they are slaughtered in Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece.

Comparing a biographic film of an American hero who not only saved the lives of countless American soldiers but also died trying to help another to Nazi propaganda might not be the best way to sell DVD copies of “The Interview.” The release date of which Rogen told his followers is fast approaching.

The Blu-Ray is called the “Freedom Edition.” Rogen’s remarks make you wonder who he thinks protects that freedom…

Box office report: ‘American Sniper’ breaks January records

Box office report: ‘American Sniper’ breaks January records



American Sniper was expected to do well this weekend after an impressive limited release, but not this well: The Clint Eastwood-directed war film took in an estimated $90.2 million—and broke a few records.

The Oscar-nominated film set a new record for a January opening by taking in $30.5 million on Friday, breaking the mark set by Cloverfield ($17.2 million on Jan. 18, 2008). January is a notoriously slow month at the box office, so Sniper‘s debut is particularly eye-opening.

American Sniper also took a couple records from James Cameron’s Avatar, which previously held the records for biggest January weekend performance (it made $68.5 million the first weekend of 2010) and biggest gross for a single day ($28.5 million) in January. This is big for Sniper, especially given the sluggish starts for Clint Eastwood films lately: His last two films, 2014’s Jersey Boys and 2011’s J. Edgar, opened with just $13.3 million and $11.2 million, respectively.

American Sniper‘s wide release came on the heels of its success at Thursday’s Oscar announcement: The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. This announcement perfectly coincided with Sniper‘s Friday wide release, giving viewers who were previously on the fence about the movie—or just didn’tknow about the movie—a reason to head to the theater.

As for the rest of the top five, the Kevin Hart-led Wedding Ringer took the number two spot with $21 million. This is nearly half of what Ride Along, Hart’s comedy that opened at this exact time last year, made its opening weekend, but it’s to be expected: The Wedding Ringer had to play against multiple new films with much more buzz, so the fact that it grossed a bit over $20 million—and is well on its way to breaking even with its $23 million budget—is in itself a success.

Family-friendly Paddington also did predictably well with $19.3 million, a number definitely helped by those with kids looking for a PG alternative to the darker or raunchier films currently in theaters. One of those darker films is Taken 3, which was number one last weekend but dropped down to the number four spot this time around with $14.1 million, 64 percent less than its $39.2 million opening.

Selma, also a Best Picture nominee, rounded out the top five with $8.3 million. This is a 26 percent decrease from last weekend’s $11.3 million, but it should experience a boost in ticket sales Monday when it’s expected viewers will head to the cinema to check out the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic in celebration of the Civil Rights leader’s birthday.

1. American Sniper — $90.2 million
2. The Wedding Ringer – $21 million
3. Paddington  $19.3 million
4. Taken 3$14.1 million
5. Selma $8.3 million

Outside the top five, newcomer Blackhat just barely made the top 10 with a $4 million opening weekend. The cyber thriller, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by Michael Mann, has been plagued with less-than-stellar reviews—it currently has a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes—that likely contributed to its relatively weak performance.

Brian Williams Says About His Daughter’s Analingus Scene ‘No Animals Were Harmed’

Brian Williams Says About His Daughter’s Analingus Scene ‘No Animals Were Harmed’

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During Sunday night’s season premiere of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham and company once again pushed the boundaries with a racy sex scene in which Allison Williams was on the receiving end of… well… the receiving end.

The show’s cast seemingly hopes to create a new normal in revolutionizing television, and scene’s like Williams’s, pictured above, will spearhead the show to the front of the movement, while focusing on the “backs” of its characters.

Vulture spoke to Allison about the episode; she revealed that she went to her parents for advice, beforehand, on how to approach filming the scene.

“I got some advice from my parents, because they too are veterans of the show, so their thinking has changed as well,” she said. “Just your regular dinner conversation! We’re changing as a family; it’s lovely.”

Allison also told Entertainment Weekly about the elaborate preparations for the simulated sex act, which reportedly involved Spanx, menstrual pads, and “two of those weird thongs.”

“It’s total TV magic,” she said.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Allison’s father, weighed in on the release of the new season’s first episode, in which his daughter, who was recently panned for her performance in Peter Pan Live, was the subject of the indecent act.

During the interview, Williams was asked how he felt about his daughter’s performance in the scene, which aired while Sunday evening’s Golden Globe awards were being hosted in Los Angeles.

“She’s always been an actress. For us, watching her is the family occupation and everybody has to remember it’s acting, no animals were harmed during the filming, and ideally nobody gets hurt,” he explained.

Lena Dunham, creator and writer of the series, said that she’s proud of Allison for being a “good sport,” and offered some insight as to how personal something like the aforementioned sex act actually is.

“Let me tell you this, when someone puts their face in your butt, whether there’s a barrier or not, their face is still in your butt. And she handled that with aplomb,” said Dunham.

Zosia Mamet, who plays Shoshanna Shapiro on the show, said she understands that Dunham and the other writers wouldn’t incorporate anything that’s “uncomfortable or scary” into the script, unless it served a purpose.

“So whenever she writes something that’s uncomfortable or scary, we just roll up our sleeves and we can’t wait to do it for her and for our show. It’s not just, you know, a little eatin’ out from behind. It matters!” she said.

According to cast member Alex Karpovsky, there’s a sexual revolution evolving this year, and this episode may be a representation of what to expect in the future of television.

“Maybe that’s one of the cliffs or peaks that we need to begin to incorporate into our societal representation of this revolution, specifically in television. This could be the year of the anus,” he said.