President Barack Obama has moved his campaign from The View to MTV, approaching not only adults but also children. Even though self-interested, his effort to get our youth to vote is clearly a good thing. Surely, no one should object to this laudable objective.
But the latest political advertisement for Barack Obama playing on his campaign website goes far beyond this laudable objective into a world of sexual depravity. Indeed, the message is dangerous, sexual and inappropriate. It demeans the seriousness and intent of voting, likening a women's vote to one predicated on her sexual attraction to Barack Obama. It has nothing to do with any issue of importance to our country and the world today.
Huffington Post describes the advertisement as follows.
Lena Dunham, director, writer and creator of HBO's hit series "Girls," knows a thing or two about women. In her latest ad for President Barack Obama, Dunham speaks to young female voters about making their "first time" count. Some conservatives, however, are offended by the double entendre. "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody, you wanna do it with a great guy," says Dunham. "It should be with a guy with beautiful... Someone who really cares about and understands woman." Later joking, "It's also super uncool to be out and about and someone says, 'Did you vote?' and you say, 'No, I wasn't ready.'" Alas, she is not talking about sex, but voting. "My first time voting was amazing," she says. "It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl, now I was a woman."
Please look at it yourself. "It should be with a guy with beautiful" what?
Campaign ad with Lena Dunham talking about her first time.
Even conservatives have had relatively little to say about this campaign advertisement. Slate's XX Factor - What Women Really Think includes an article entitled Lena Dunham's Ad Brings Out the Crazies dealing with those few who have had something to say. Here is Amanda Marcotte's take on what women really think about this Obama advertisement.
Lena Dunham has done an ad for the Obama campaign aimed at young female voters in which she cheekily explains that your "first time" should be with Obama, because he actually supports your rights. She means first time voting, but of course the joke is that it sounds like she's talking about your first time having sex. Dunham's considerable charm drives the joke home.
By her own reckoning, Amanda knows that "conservatives" do not understand young women, or for that matter women. If they did, they would embrace this ad, rather than be repulsed by it. She points out what is the worst comment of all, in her opinion.
My favorite reaction, however, came from this diarist at Red State, who characterizes Dunham as having been raised in an "over-sexualized household" and whose post neatly sums up why this sort of trolling-with-single-women works every time. "There seems to be no low to which President Obama will sink in his desperate attempt to win reelection. One has to wonder, is there any point at which the main stream media and the public get some self-respect and toss out this loser? First he asked for your wedding gifts, then your yard sales and now he has asked for your daughters."
Your daughters. What more is there to say? Sexy young white women are the rightful property of Republican men, and Obama is stealing them from you and filling their heads with this ridiculous notion that they own themselves. Of course, the cause and effect process is being reversed here. The truth is that women already have heads full of their own notions. The Obama campaign is simply following their lead and, as you do in politics, giving the voters what they want.
Obviously, Amanda can discuss daughters as an expert. She is not a mother and is proud of this. And she has a word for those of you who invite her to baby showers to boot.
Instead of bothering childless folks, I say it's time to start thanking us. Our free time and disposable income supports entire industries that parents get to benefit from. We're the ones going to shows and sorting through new releases so that you know what new record to download off iTunes this year. We're the ones who actually go to the movies on a regular basis, keeping your Netflix queue well-stocked. We're the reason that there's that new nice restaurant open for your date night. We may roll our eyes and put on a brave smile you can see right through when you send us a baby shower invitation, but you need us.
Barack Obama's advertisement equating a girl losing her virginity with voting for the first time is a disgusting effort to get young girls to vote for a man. The advertisement refers to voters being "girls" and then "women" after they vote for Obama. This political advertisement compares voting for Obama with having sex.
But still, Amanda, we need you to set us straight about this advertisement's influence on our daughters of voting age and even younger. Even those of us who are independent and Democrats should be told off, because young women can think of having sex with Obama as the ultimate reason to vote for him.
Is this not a form of sexual predation? How many people would want their daughters to vote for a candidate based on their sexual attraction to that candidate? You choose to fault "conservatives" for not liking this advertisement and say nothing about its content or obvious message?
This the lowest point of any campaign I have ever seen. Obama had only one choice, which was immediately to distance himself from this advertisement. Instead, his campaign has embraced it.
Can Obama go any lower?