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That episode, “Naked,” really came from my personal experience of thinking that sex is really funny, not that I couldn’t say “penis,” or that I come from a place of approaching sex as a child. It came from thinking it is funny and not really understanding people who think it is really serious and passionate. We thought that Zooey was so funny with all of her different ways in trying to say “penis.” We followed the joke and didn’t really think about the larger ramifications for the character.
"New Girl" creator Liz Meriwether tells us about the blowback over star Zooey Deschanel and her character Jess’s “adorkable” qualities—like the time she couldn’t say “penis.”