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Lena Dunham talks to you about 'Your First Time'

The ‘Girls’ star and creator appears in suggestive Obama ad

Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the HBO series Girls, speaks to the female youth  in a new ad to suggestively emphasize the importance of voting for Barack Obama. The ad describes what someone’s “first time” should be like, and it’s not about losing the v-card.

The awkwardly funny Lena Dunham isn’t afraid to overshare when it comes to… well just about anything, and this ad is no different. The ad, paid for by Obama for America, starts with Dunham telling those listening that the first time should be special.

“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful — someone who really cares about and understands women,” says Lena Dunham, who says in the ad titled Your First Time.

The jig is up when Dunham goes from talking about a guy who cares about women to talking about hot topics such as health care, birth control, Iraq and gay marriage. This approach is both suggestive and tailored to young women about to start their college years by bringing the conversation to topics that affect their life (like TLC and Bravo, of course). 

Many are in support of Lena Dunham and her giddy, female youth-targeted ad, but conservatives are offended by her remarks in support of Pres. Obama. Conservatives call the ad not only inappropriate, but also too similar to the campaign released earlier this year for Vladimir Putin.

“#MyFirstTime ad by #Obama is similar to an ad #Putin did. They must share the same advisor: #Satan #RussianStyleTactics #tcot” tweeted Kelly Fenton, deputy chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.

Regardless of the ad’s reception by politicians and commentators, Lena Dunham does make the important point that the youth should be registered to vote and ready to show up on election day Nov. 6.  As she says in the ad, “Plus, it’s super uncool to be out and about, and someone says, ‘Did you vote?’ and you say, ‘No, I wasn’t ready.”

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