Lena Dunham Laughs Off Outrage Over Her Obama 'First Time' Ad
A day after causing a stir with her web spot likening voting to sex, the "Girls" multi-hyphenate responds to conservative critics.
Lena Dunham isn't all that worried about conservative protests over her new campaign spot for President Obama. Actually, she finds the uproar pretty amusing.
"It tickles me to no end that while my twitter feed was blowing up with conservative hate," she wrote in a tweet on Friday, "I was literally hanging out in a pile of bisexuals."
No stranger to stoking charged internet debate, the writer/director/actress received the twitter hate after she released the ad in support of the president, called "My First Time." Speaking straight into the camera, the 26-year old Dunham addresses young women voters in a thinly-veiled monologue that equated voting to sex; "You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful … somebody who really cares about and understands women," she says in the spot.
The ad got plenty of praise from the left, but conservative commentators were quick to seize on it, working to make it a campaign issue.
Ben Shapiro, writing for the Breitbart site BigGovernment.com, said the president, "exploits [young women] for insane commercials comparing losing your virginity with voting. Obama has young daughters. But that didn't stop him from releasing this commercial. Because this is what Obama thinks of your daughters." Breeane Howe, of RedState.com, said that Obama "wants your daughters" and that he "degraded what should be the highest office in the country."
The Dunham ad is part of the Obama campaign's work to mobilize the young voters that helped send him to the White House in 2008. He appeared on an MTV Q&A special on Friday, while many celebrity activists, including will.i.am, have performed at colleges in an effort to excite and register young, sometimes-apathetic voters.
In fact, Dunham told Twitter followers that even she "slagged off" in her first opportunity to vote, in 2004. She would have voted for John Kerry, she said, but was in transition between high school and college, and didn't believe that her vote mattered.