Girls doing it for the 1st time ad for Obama raises eyebrows
October 28, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
WASHINGTON--A suggestive Internet ad that backs U.S. President Barack Obama and speaks to young women about their “first time” — voting — went viral Friday, drawing conservative ire for its racy double entendre.
“Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy,” indie TV starlet Lena Dunham confides to the camera in the one-minute campaign ad, called “Your First Time.”
But the 26-year-old pixie-cut brunette, who is creator and lead character of the HBO series “Girls,” isn't discussing sex; she has politics on the brain, and it's an Obama advertisement clearly aimed at young female voters.
“My first time voting was amazing,” says Dunham, clad in a loose, sleeveless white T-shirt that shows off the elaborate tattoo on her right arm.
“It was this line in the sand; before, I was a girl — now I was a woman.”
Dunham also hit on some hot campaign topics including the war in Iraq and Obama's push for women's pay equality.
“You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq,” she said, 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.”
By midafternoon Friday the spot already had more than 270,000 hits on YouTube.
Dunham fueled the interest by tweeting to her 400,000 followers on Twitter: “My first time was with @BarackObama — I highly recommend you do the same.” The tweet included a link to the ad.
Conservatives swiftly lashed out at the ad, with bloggers on the Breitbart website describing it as “astoundingly tasteless.”
It expressed alarm over the ad “comparing voting for the first time to losing your virginity. Really. And Dunham recommends that if you're going to have sex — er, vote — for the first time, you should really do it with President Barack Obama.”