A new advertisement for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has many viewers disgusted at what they believe are gutter-level insinuations.
The web advertisement, which is geared toward youth that are first-time voters, features Lena Dunham of the sexually explicit HBO television series Girls.
“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You wanna do it with a great guy,” the ad begins. “It should be with a guy with beautiful… someone who really cares about and understands women.”
After further using suggestive sexual innuendo, she states, “[You want] a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control. You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq. You don’t want a guy who says, ‘Oh hey, I’m at the library studying,’ when really he’s out signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Or, who thinks that gay people should never have beautiful, complicated weddings of the kind we see on Bravo or TLC all the time.”
The advertisement then closes by finally getting around to letting the viewer know that Dunham is talking about voting.
“My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl, now I was a woman,” she says. “I went to the polling station; I pulled back the curtain; I voted for Barack Obama.”
The commercial then ends with the standard announcement, “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.”
Shortly after its release on the web, many not only turned red with embarrassment, but also with anger.
“What is this country coming to if I cannot allow my young kids to watch campaign ads for the incumbent president of the United States?” asked public relations expert Ronn Torossian. “Presidential campaign ads shouldn’t be R-rated – it’s offensive and inappropriate.”
“How low will they go? The Obama people apparently just can’t keep their minds off of lady parts,” said pro-life blogger Jill Stanek. “These people are just plain sex-obsessed. This is an ad from the president of the United States?”
“[W]e live in a fallen world destined for hell fire,” lamented Eric Erickson of RedState.com. “Consider the number of people who have no problem with the president of the United States, via a campaign ad, ridiculing virgins and comparing sex to voting.”
However, following outrage over the advertisement, Dunham, 26, stated that she thought the response from horrified viewers was humorous.
“It tickles me to no end that while my Twitter feed was blowing up with conservative hate, I was literally hanging out in a pile of bisexuals,” she Tweeted Friday.
According to reports, the actress recently signed a $3.5 million book deal and has hundreds of thousands of followers.
No comments have been released from the Obama camp about the matter to date; however, some see the advertisement as mirroring a recent re-election commercial being aired in Russia on behalf of Vladmir Putin. “Putin. The first time – just for love,” the ad states.
“[I]f this is supposed to be humor, I’m not laughing,” said Live Action’s Christina Martin. “Lena Dunham may consider herself the voice of a generation, but she clearly does not speak for me.”