“Girls” creator Lena Dunham is starring in an ad for President Obama that is almost as risque as her TV show.
In the spot released on Thursday, Dunham, 26, declares that her “first time” was with Obama. Voting that is.
“Your first times shouldn’t be with just anybody, you want to do it with a great guy,” Dunham says. “It should be with a guy with beautiful… someone who really cares about and understand women.”
“You don’t want to do it with a guy that says ‘Oh hey I’m at the library studying when really he’s out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act.”
Obama signed The Lilly Letter Fair Pay Act, which addresses gender-based pay disparities, in 2009. Romney has only said that he would not repeal the bill, not whether he supports the legislation.
Dunham has become a cultural phenomenon among the 20-something and female set with her edgy HBO drama Girls, chronicling the coming of age of five post-college New Yorkers.
“My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. First I was a girl, now I was a woman,” Dunham said. “I went to the polling station, I pulled back the curtain, I voted for Barack Obama.”
But the ad has touched off condemnation among conservative, and has drawn comparisons to a similar ad aired by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the country’s presidential election earlier this year.
Those Putin ads featured young women discussing their “first time” and alluding to them voting for Putin in the election.
The slogan “Putin. The first time – just for love” appears on the screen at the end of one ad.
One Minnesota Republican official tweeted that the ad’s similarities to Putin’s campaign ads means “they must share the same advisor. #Satan #RussianStyleTactics #tcot.” The Tweet has since been deleted.
Redstate.com’s Erick Erickson declared that the video was proof that “we live in a fallen world destined for hell fire.”
“Consider the number of people who have no problem with the president of the United States, via a campaign ad, ridiculing virgins and comparing sex to voting,” he added.
But the video is not expected to make it onto the airwaves. It is aimed at younger, more internet savvy voters—women in particular—who would be influenced by Dunham’s message on access to birth control.
Moments after Dunham tweeted the video out to her 400,000-some followers, she called the video “light” with a “serious message” about women’s right.
And progressive media outlet Talking Points Memo pointed out that Republican President Ronald Reagan may actually have been the first to make “first time” jokes about voting.
While campaigning for blue collar Democratic voters in New Jersey, Reagan remarked that switching parties for the first time wouldn’t be a painful as it seemed, according to the Washington Post.
“I know what it’s like to pull the Republican lever for the first time, because I used to be a Democrat myself, and I can tell you it only hurts for a minute and then it feels just great,” he said.