Lena Dunham is no stranger to controversy. Hello? Her HBO TV show Girls was the center of it for months during its first season before people finally realized how awesome it is. Lena and the Obama campaign are receiving backlash for a recent ad that she stars in comparing the first time voting experience to, well, her “first time.”
Titled Lena Dunham: Your First Time, she explains how the “first time” should be with “a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control.” She also mentions, “You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq” and “You don’t want a guy who says, ‘Oh hey, I’m at the library studying,’ when really he’s out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act.”
Bringing the whole point of the ad to voting, Lena says, “My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl, now I’m a woman. I went to the polling station, I pulled back the curtain, I voted for Barack Obama.” As funny and lighthearted as the campaign is, some people aren’t laughing or thinking it’s the most genius idea ever.
“As a woman I am extremely offended,” Lauren Thompson, research analyst for the Media Research Center said. “The Obama administration has devolved women to nothing more than a set of reproductive organs with needy, government dependency. This ad is inappropriate because it is sexualizing the voting process. This isn’t an ad the average family would want their daughter to see.”
Lena has made an official statement on the criticism the ad has gotten, but she did tweet! “The video may be light but the message is serious: vote for women’s rights.” Well said, Lena.
What do you think of Lena’s ad for Obama? Do you agree with the backlash it’s received or do you think it was well put together?