Obama’s ‘first time’ ad riles pro-family conservatives

Friday, October 26, 2012
Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

It's been described as "utterly sexist," "demeaning to women," and "tasteless." That isn't reaction to a movie, a music video, or television show - it's reaction to a political ad encouraging Americans to vote for the president of the United States.

In an Obama campaign web ad released Thursday, 26-year-old actress Lena Dunham opens with "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody. You wanna do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with ... someone who really cares about and understands women."

Considering the typical story line of Dunham's HBO raunchy series Girls, it's no wonder viewers might think she is talking about a girl losing her virginity - when, in fact, she is talking about voting for the first time.

Conservative reaction to the ad has been strong.

Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America: "The misogynistic Obama Campaign has released an obnoxious, double-entendre of a web ad, featuring a woman who looks like an overly immature, tattooed twelve-year-old. Once again, Obama is reducing women to - do we have to say it again? - 'lady parts.' .... Obama's good 'ol boys may have their minds in the gutter, but our minds are on our pocketbooks."

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council: "I guess we shouldn't be surprised by an administration that has openly promoted promiscuity, abortion on demand, and the redefinition of marriage." Adds Perkins: "I [also] find it disturbing that President Obama would follow Vladimir Putin's lead and release an ad that only further coarsens the public discourse."

Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com: "It's an astoundingly tasteless ad .... Really. Yes, she just compared sex with voting. And she mocked virgins .... So she chose to do it for the first time with Barack Obama, since he 'cares about and understands women.' In fact, he understands them so well that he exploits them for insane commercials comparing losing your virginity with voting .... But at least Dunham got one thing right. The folks who vote for Barack Obama want voting without consequences."

Gary Bauer, president of American Values: "So the president now wants to seduce young women by asking them to 'do it' - vote - for the first time with him. I hope parents will talk to the daughters and tell them about the sweet-talking men who promise girls the world in order to have their way with them, only to abandon them the next morning, when the girls realize that the empty promises were just part of the seduction."

Lila Rose of the pro-life group Live Action: "It is deeply disturbing that a father of two young girls could approve such a demeaning ad. [It] is a desperate and an offensive stereotype. Again, his campaign reduces women and their concern of political issues to sex and birth control."

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek: "How low will they go? The Obama people apparently just can't keep their minds off of lady parts," remarked pro-life blogger Jill Stanek. "These people are just plain sex-obsessed. This is an ad from the President of the United States?"

Paul Conway, president of Generation Opportunity: "Campaigns and their messages reflect great insight into the character and judgment of the candidate they represent - and this cynical ad smacks of pure condescension toward women."

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