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Lena Dunham Appears in Controversial Obama Ad

October 26, 2012  |  2:00pm
Lena Dunham Appears in Controversial Obama Ad

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign recently released a new advertisement featuring a monologue by Girls creator Lena Dunham. In it, she analogizes her “first time” voting to losing her virginity. “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody,” Dunham says. “You want to do it with a great guy.” She continues to reel off several other reasons why of-age kids should get out and vote, ending the bit by pointing out that for her “first time,” she voted for Barack Obama.

The commerical is a clear attempt by the Obama campaign to target younger voters who may feel apathetic about the upcoming election, but many conservatives have taken umbrage with the comparison of losing one’s virginity to voting for the first time.

RightScoop calls the ad an act of “desperation” and mentions how Russian president Vladimir Putin ran a similar ad earlier this year. Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com offers a lengthier critique of the commercial, stating, among other things, that the ad is demeaning to women and that the campaign exploited Dunham for the “insane” commercial.

Check out the minute-long ad below and see what you think. (via The Atlantic)

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