October 28, 2012

‘Girls’ Lena Dunham releases ‘virginity’ Obama ad [VIDEO]

Campaign video that compares voting for Obama to a girl losing her virginity prompts furious reaction
“Girls” star and creator Lena Dunham is raising eyebrows with her latest contribution to the world of entertainment: an ad endorsing President Obama.

The endorsement video, released Thursday, features Dunham discussing her first time voting in support for Obama, which many say has an undertone of sexuality. Titled “Your First Time,” Dunham speaks to the camera and says: “The first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. Someone who really cares about and understands women.”

Dunham says the video is meant to get young voters interested in voting. Speaking in the video, she discusses various issues, including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and equal pay for women.

“You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq,” she says. “You don’t want a guy who says, ‘Oh hey, I’m at the library studying,’ when really he’s out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter act,” she adds, referring to legislation signed into law by President Obama.

“Or thinks that gay people should never have beautiful, complicated weddings like the kind we see on Bravo or TLC all the time,” she continues. “Think about how you want to spend those four years,” Dunham says. “In college age time, that’s 150 years.”

“I voted for Barack Obama,” she concludes with a shy smile and shrug.

The ad has drawn criticism from top Republican commentators, who see the ad as inappropriate.

“I don’t know if it’s going to work or backfire. It’s insulting to women. It again looks at women as monolithic sex machines who want to make sure they’ve got unending birth control pills and then a free trip to Planned Parenthood the next day, all paid for by Obama,” Radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show. “If I were a woman today, I would feel insulted each and everyday. The way they look at women: all thinking the same way, all wanting the same things.”

The Media Research Center’s Lauren Thompson said, “This ad is inappropriate because it is sexualizing the voting process. This isn’t an ad the average family would want their daughters to see.”

Taking to Twitter, Dunham defended the ad (which now averages 300,000 views per day), saying opponents should pay attention to the message, rather than getting caught up in the debate over the sexual innuendo.

“The video may be light,” she wrote, “but the message is serious: vote for women’s rights,” wrote Dunham.

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