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
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.
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
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
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
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