(CNN) – Conservatives seemed to collectively gasp Thursday night when a web video from President Barack Obama's campaign slyly compared a person's first time voting to losing one's virginity.
The star of the video, Lena Dunham, created and stars in the HBO show "Girls." In the video, she appears in a close-up shot explaining the first time she voted.
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"Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody," the actress and writer says. "You want to do it with a great guy."
The unspoken comparison continues, as Dunham describes what kind of "guy" she's talking about.
"It should be with a guy that really understands women," she says. "A guy who cares whether you get health insurance, specifically whether you get birth control. The consequences are huge. You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq. You don't want to do it with a guy who says, 'Hey I'm at the library studying,' when really he's out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter act."
At the end, the metaphor becomes even clearer: "My first time voting was amazing. There's a line in the sand. Before I was a girl, now I was a woman."
"I went to the polling station, I pulled back the curtain. I voted for Barack Obama," the video concludes.
Dunham, whose show on HBO centers around her character's life as a young woman in New York City, doesn't shy away from risqué topics. In a taped opening at this year's Emmys, she was featured completely nude, eating a cake on a toilet. HBO, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.
Conservatives expressed consternation at the Obama campaign video, suggesting it was a step into the gutter for the incumbent Democrat.
"The more we talk about it in this campaign, the more insulting it is to women," Kellyanne Conway, a Republican strategist, said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
"They can do the math. Not everything has to be about biology," Conway said.
The reaction was similar on Twitter.
So, odds on full-frontal nudity from OFA before 11/6?— Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) October 26, 2012
So, odds on full-frontal nudity from OFA before 11/6?
my few conservative friends who'd decided to stick with Obama to punish the GOP for nominating Mitt came back tonight w/ the virginity ad.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 25, 2012
my few conservative friends who'd decided to stick with Obama to punish the GOP for nominating Mitt came back tonight w/ the virginity ad.
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And liberals want us to believe that they are not out of touch with reality? It has become increasingly obvious that they are not.
Appeals to the younger crowd and offends everyone else.
Spending by each President for budgets they actually wrote. passed and
The reason the Cool one has the lowest percentage is he can't balance a budget must less write one!
Just keep giving the ignorent ,racist republicans more rope because they love hanging themselves don't they!!
October 26, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
This made me laugh... especially the IGNORANT part. :)
You can tell what is important to Hollywood – sex. They are desperate for Obama to win, because he sympathizes with their views on adultery, homosexuality, teenage sexual relations, contraception, etc.
You should lose your virginity with your spouse. Unfortunately, any Democrat who believed that is long gone.
We have the President of the United States of America campaigning with coy jokes about taking your daughters virginity.
America is broken.
Be like "the first time"... Well from what I understand: It will hurt, there will be a lot of crying, and then feeling empty and remorseful... and wishing you listened to all the advice and wait for the >right< guy.
Who would want to vote (lose their virginity to...) for someone who has already screwed the entire United States population?
I just don't get it
The GOP can talk about pregnacy from RAPE is God's Will
The GOP can talk about LEGITIMATE RAME and wonder if a Woman's body can just shut down a pregnancy
The GOP can talk about probes before a woman can have her right to choose
The GOP can talk about contraceptives being outlawed
But woe to the Democratic Party who compares 1st time voting with 1st time sex?
Like I said, I just don't get the outrage.
Aren;t we getting a little too sensitive? It was a character from a show appearing in a campaign ad as that character/ It was an attempt at humor and to appeal to the demographic that watches this kind of show. Nothing more, nothing less.
Don't worry, sweetheart - NOBODY wants to take away YOUR virginity!
Hey GOP supporters
I feel sorry for you that somewhere along the way you have lost your sense of humor.
I wonder if the local community college offers night classes for Conservatives where they can learn how to best feign outrage over women’s issues (throwing up their hands and wailing); while hiding their own extremist misogynistic 1920s doctrine which is based on their home-grown American fabricated bastardization of Christianity.
What a great role model.
WOW. What a DISGRACE. He's got 2 young daughters, and he's ok with that?? Sad state of affairs.
@ Sniffit.... who wrote
That's right, GOPers/Teatrolls, take the bait....nom nom nom nom nom......
There's absolutely nothing wrong with the subject matter implied in that video. NOTHING. Women have secks. It's an appropriate, normal and healthy thing to talk and joke about openly. Your reaction is exactly what we want you to be revealing about your perceptions of women: condescending, paternal, head-in-the-sand, regressive nonsense.
Yes, women do have "secks" and I thought you progressives always portrayed that as a private matter...you know...it's not the governments business what goes on in someone's bedroom. Actually, our perception of women is more considerate and dignified than liberals. We don't use the issue for political gain.
October 26, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
Classless x 2. First the BS quote and now this. O must be really proud to have his daughters watch this and bragging he wants all college girls to lose their virginity to him. He is better suited to be VP of France – I'm sure they would appreciate it.
Just one more reason I DO NOT subscribe to HBO! "Not signing Lilly Ledbetter Act"....wasn't equal pay already on the books???
I chose to wait for marriage for my first time. Completely worth the wait. And I find this insulting to all women who value their principles. Girls, don't settle for cheap, or for a man who promises free pills forever. You deserve better!
Remember when some republican jerk compared-people who voted for Obama in 2008, to Esau giving up his birthright to Jacob? What a disgusting statement, yet no outrage about that. Not a single word of apology.
When these "same people" get through with their faux outrage about this video, it still won't change what's she's saying is the truth. This election is too important to get it wrong and we simply cannot trust a man with no principles or understanding of the world. Great video and great message.
omg....folks, get a LIFE! this puritan crap isn't worth your time OR MINE
The brilliant team that created this ad know what they are doing. The best ads cut through the clutter and generate discussion for and against. Let's talk about which party and candidate really care about women and which panders to the extreme right wing, evangelical, tea party element.
Sorry – this ad is just creepy.... for a President to sink this low is pretty base. I have never considered myself a prude, but as a mom, I would not want my daughter lowering herself to make a video like this for some political hack.
You hear a knock at your door: "Hello, I'm Barak Obama. I'm here to solicit your daughter's "voting virginity". May I come in?" -–We would never (should never) stand for such a creature knocking on our door, asking for our daughters. In fact, we would most likely slam the door, lock it and call the police! Why then are people excusing this ad?! No man, especially the president should be able to speak in such a filthy way, whether directly or indirectly to our daughters! And FATHERS everywhere should be letting the president KNOW IT! Where have all the MEN gone in this country? Where are our protectors?! Have we really sunk so low as to think this advertisement is acceptable? This language would, in the work place, warrant, at the very least, a write up and discipline owing to sexual harassment. Why then is it okay for the president to slither his way in front of our daughters and speak to them this way?!