First-Time Advice: Not Just Anybody

Updated at 11:51 am EDT

In that bid for the female vote, particularly the young female vote, the first words from this famous young supporter of the president are attention-getting — she’s not talking about what it sounds like she might be talking about.

“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody — you want to do it with a great guy — somebody who really cares about and understands women,” says Lena Dunham, the creator and star of HBO’s “Girls,” in a minute-long Obama campaign Web video.

You want a guy who cares if women have health care and contraception…

“You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq,” she adds — get it now?

“Think about how you want to spend those four years — in college-age time, that’s 150 years,” says Dunham, whose hit show has made her an icon for many college-age and twentysomething women.

“My first time voting was amazing,” she says in closing, making the meaning of the message as clear as can be: “It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl. Now I’m a woman… I voted for Barack Obama.”

The ad’s content and tone are what fans have come to expect from Dunham, but it’s being criticized as “astoundingly tasteless” and “disgusting” by some on the right.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote that the video shows “how willing Obama is to debase the presidency.”

Conservative commentator Monica Crowley tweeted, “1 of the many sick things about this degrading Lena Dunham ‘lose your virginity to Barack’ ad? The Left thinks it’s ’empowering’ to women.”

The ad is getting traction on YouTube, where it’s been viewed over 275,000 times. It has over 4,260 likes and 5,860 dislikes.



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