Creator and star of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham, is known for getting nude on camera and writing herself into some pretty soul-bearing scenes. Now, she’s made a new video in which she tells the world all the intimate details of her first time.
Voting, that is.
In the video, which was posted to Barack Obama’s official YouTube channel yesterday, Dunham tells the world that, “your first time should be with a guy … who cares about whether you get health insurance–specifically, whether you get birth control.”
“You want to do it with the guy who brought the troops out of Iraq,” she adds.
Check it out:
Anyone else kind of cringe while watching that? Girls is intentionally awkward and it forces viewers to confront some of the less pleasant sides of life, but this commercial seems a little off-base for a political campaign. The idea is pretty clear–getting young people out to vote–but I’m not entirely sure this is the best way to do it.
Republicans, of course, are railing against the video. Brietbart.com called it “astoundingly tasteless” and, while that assessment is as over-the-top as you’d expect from Breitbart.com, it might not be as far off-base as you’d think. Do we really need blatant (and dumb) sexual innuendo in our political campaigns?
Or, perhaps the better question is this: does Barack Obama really need to stoop to this level to win this election?