‘Flippant,’ ‘shallow,’ ‘disturbing’: conservatives take issue with Obama ad comparing voting to sex
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 26, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A controversial ad released Thursday by the Obama campaign, in which an actress compares her first-time vote for Obama to losing her virginity, has provoked outrage from conservative groups.
“It is deeply disturbing that a father of two young girls could approve such a demeaning ad,” said Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action. “President Obama’s latest campaign ad is a desperate and an offensive stereotype. Again, his campaign reduces women and their concern of political issues to sex and birth control.”
In one case, a group of pro-life artists turned their outrage into creativity, posting a graphic this morning with a photo HBO actress Lena Dunham, who is featured in the Obama ad, and the caption, “Don’t lose your job because of an unwanted presidency.”
“Practice #Obamaabstinence” it added.
In the ad, Dunham, creator of the HBO show Girls, draws out a lengthy double entendre comparing voting to sex. “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy,” she says. “A guy who cares about whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control.”
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“My first time voting was amazing,” she continues. “It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl. Now I was a woman. I went to the polling station and pulled back the curtain. I voted for Barack Obama.”
Conservatives have taken issue with the ad’s use of sex as a political tool, as well as its denigration of virginity. At one point in the ad Dunham says it would be “super uncool” to respond to someone who asks if you have voted saying, “No, I didn’t vote, I wasn’t ready.”
“This is what it looks like when Presidential campaigns scrape bottom,” Ryan Bomberger, the president of The Radiance Foundation, told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN). “Lena Dunham wanted her ‘first’ time to be with a great guy. Yeesh. She forgot to mention that that ‘great guy’ would also make us pay for her abortion, should her Skittles-like rainbow of birth control fail. Give me a break.”
“I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by an administration that has openly promoted promiscuity, abortion on demand, and the redefinition of marriage,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said.
“I find it disturbing that President Obama would follow Vladimir Putin’s lead and release an ad that only further coarsens the public discourse,” Perkins added, referring to the fact that the Dunham ad appears similar to an ad put out by the Russian President, in which a young woman discovers that Putin is the man of her destiny.
Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek’s reaction to the Obama ad was blunt. “How low will they go? The Obama people apparently just can’t keep their minds off of lady parts,” she said. “These people are just plain sex-obsessed. This is an ad from the president of the United States?”
Earlier in October, the official Obama Tumblr account had posted an e-card with the caption, “Vote like your lady parts depend on it.” The image was swiftly removed after widespread criticism.
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue told LifeSiteNews that the ad is essentially “a rubber stamp to the radical immoral and pro-abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood. Obama is more than an empty suit in an empty chair – his policy’s and ad campaigns are occupied by the abortion cartel’s rhetoric. It’s like the tail wagging the dog.”
“So the president now wants to seduce young women by asking them to ‘do it’ — vote– for the first time with him,” said Gary Bauer, president of American Values, according to the Examiner. “I hope parents will talk to their daughters and tell them about the sweet-talking men who promise girls the world in order to have their way with them, only to abandon them the next morning, when the girls realize that the empty promises were just part of the seduction.”
“What’s curious to me is that Dunham says her ‘first time’ she voted for Obama, yet she was eligible to vote four years earlier in the 2004 election. Was John Kerry not sexually attractive enough to seduce her vote?” Pro-Life Action League President Eric Scheidler told LSN.
“But it’s not 2008 anymore. If Obama’s candidacy were still arousing the kind of feverish excitement among young voters that inspired Dunham to finally bother voting in a presidential election, his campaign wouldn’t feel the need to produce such a flippant, shallow ad.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez, writing at the National Review, described the ad as “Beyond awkward.”
“Of course, in its way it is totally appropriate for the administration that thinks all women care about is mandated birth control, abortion, and sterilization coverage and that those of us with moral objections are bitterly clinging to an outdated understanding of what’s healthy, for democracy (religious liberty), in our lives.”
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