Lena Dunham's 'First Time' Obama Ad Causes a Fuss
Conservatives outraged over new video
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2012 7:11 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Lena Dunham released an ad for the Obama campaign yesterday, and it's about as titillating as you'd expect from the creator of HBO's Girls: In it, she talks quite a bit about her first time … voting, of course. "Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody," she says. "You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with … someone who really cares about and understands women, whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control." She goes on to mention the Lilly Ledbetter Act, gay marriage, and getting the troops out of Iraq before revealing that her first time … was with Obama.

Conservatives, of course, are not amused.

  • "Talk about desperation," says the Right Scoop, which notes that Vladimir Putin ran a similar ad. "They’ve finally sunken to a new low trying to get the youth vote by comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time."
  • "How could a president with two young, blossoming daughters release an ad as disgusting as this," tweets Breitbart News Editor-at-Large John Nolte.
  • On Breitbart.com, Ben Shapiro agrees with his colleague, calling the ad "astoundingly tasteless" and noting that Obama understands women "so well that he exploits them for insane commercials comparing losing your virginity with voting." He also mentions the first daughters, and writes, "This is what Obama thinks of your daughters."
  • "First he asked for your wedding gifts, then your yard sales, and now he has asked for your daughters," writes Breeanne Howe on Red State. And, yes, she mentions Sasha and Malia, too: "This is an adult man, with two young daughters, who should know better."

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Oct 30, 2012 11:34 AM CDT
I thought it was humorous and a little witty. Granted it was inappropriate for a number of audiences, it was not targeted to child audiences and parents should always be paying attention to what their children are watching. It is also great to see political ad writers getting creative. Personally, I cringe whenever I hear any political ad - mostly because they all are dark, negative, and they all sound the same. This ad sticks in my mind, because it was interesting, and gave us a unique approach to the idea of voting.
Oct 27, 2012 9:41 AM CDT
I am amazed that so many of my fellow Obama voters see this as anything but a horrible political blunder. Rule 1 of any political campaign is simple: don't alienate anybody that you don't absolutely have to. By equating voting for the president with early (and presumably premarital) sex, he is going to alienate parents of young girls who do NOT want their daughters hearing that message, from anybody. Yes, I'm sure they get it anyway from shampoo commercials and movies and whatever, but that does not carry the implied stamp of approval as getting it from the president, in particular a president your parents voted for. At least some of these parents are going to be swing voters in crucial states. There was no reason for the president's campaign to go here, and a lot of reasons not to.
Oct 26, 2012 1:07 PM CDT
God forbid the Right ever see an Herbal Essences commercial.