Fri Oct 26, 2012, 01:57 PM
DonViejo (11,439 posts)
Conservatives flip out over Lena Dunham Obama ad
The "Girls" creator makes a flirty Obama ad and drives the right so batty they compare her to the Russian strongman VIDEO
BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS
Lock up your virgins! There’s a dark-skinned, middle-aged man coming for them! And in other breaking news, archconservatives have absolutely no sense of humor.
In a completely typical clip from the creator of “Girls,” Lena Dunham winkingly talks to young women about “your first time” and how important it is to do with “a guy who really cares.” Cares about health insurance. Birth control. Ending war. “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,” she explains, “or who thinks that gay people should never have beautiful, complicated weddings of the kind we see on Bravo and TLC all the time.” As Dunham says, it’s “super uncool” not to vote, and that’s why she supports voting for Barack Obama.
It’s a cute, sincere spot, addressed to young women and spoken in the vernacular of a young woman. Nobody even gets an abortion or smokes crack. Cue right-wing freakout. Take for example the Right Scoop, which not only denounced the Dunham ad as “disgusting,” but gasped that Vladimir Putin once launched a similar appeal to college-aged ladyfolk. “Ugh,” writes the expectedly anonymous blogger who posted the clip.
On Twitter, conservative columnist John Podhoretz gently referred to the ad as “an unwise political move,” adding, “I don’t think appealing to undecided voters in the Midwest is in her skill set.” Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, meanwhile, could barely shudder out an “Appropriate?” I just hope none of these twisted-knickered conservatives ever find out what Sarah Silverman’s been doing to raise voter awareness.
But in the oddest responses of all, RedState’s Breeanne Howe described Dunham as a woman “who was raised in a wealthy, over-sexualized household,” and also evoked the “creepy” Putin ad. The best part, however, is how she declared that Barack Obama, like droit du seigneur-rocking feudal lord or Kurdish chieftain, “has asked for your daughters.” Your innocent, probably white, virgin daughters, ravished by that hymen-lusting brute in the White House. Breitbart’s John Nolte issued a similarly revolted response, bleating that “Obama has young daughters. But that didn’t stop him from releasing this commercial. Because this is what Obama thinks of your daughters.” Convenient, isn’t it, how conservatives like Nolte can’t or won’t distinguish between the president’s 14- and 11-year-old children and the 26 year-old Dunham? Don’t understand an appeal to adult women of legal voting age? Math is hard!
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Conservatives flip out over Lena Dunham Obama ad (Original post)
Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Fri Oct 26, 2012, 01:59 PM
Maximumnegro (1,134 posts)
1. Can't stand her. Does the average 20 yr. old
who DOESN'T have a trust fund and/or live in Brooklyn even know who she is?
But if it helps then fine
Response to Maximumnegro (Reply #1)
Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:38 PM
maxsolomon (12,318 posts)
8. Yes, yes they do.
Girls is honest, smart, funny, and brutally honest to the point of cringe-inducing. Dunham spares no one, least of all herself.
The women in it have full lives that don't revolve around the men in the show. They have ambition, they have sex, they drink, take drugs, they fail, they succeed. Like real people.
It is very popular with young women, especially the ones in my household, and many kids who can't afford HBO but sure know how to steal it off the internet.
No, my daughter doesn't have a trust fund and she lives in SF, not Brooklyn.
Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Fri Oct 26, 2012, 02:10 PM
pipewrench (194 posts)
3. fantastic video
Very smart delivery and speaks in a trendy way to young voters. Keeps your interest while covering many topics all at once.
Congrats to whomever developed this delivery and it should be used more often.