Sloppy seconds from Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham, the creator of HBO series Girls makes one big innuendo of a political ad to get out the vote for Obama because apparently he deflowered her or something.

In it, Dunham rambles like she's taken too much Adderall. It has a very creepy Generation Instagram feel to it and the music reminds me somehow of those Mac vs. PC ads. Just when we get to the point where the constant run on sentences and bad jump cut edits are making me want to scream, Dunham finally slows down and says:

"Before I was a girl, now I was a woman.I went to the polling station, I pulled back the curtain, I voted for Barack Obama."

How empowering? I know this ad is straining to be relevant with a particular demographic of undecided first-time voters but it seems to me this is going to polarize more than sway. You'll either think it's awesome because it's empowering to women, or you'll think it portrays women as being idiots who wouldn't consider voting because of larger issues at stake unless someone creates a simplistic analogy to entice them to do so.

You'll either believe that Democrats are indeed The Women's Party, or you'll think this ad has Dunham talking like a freshman that fucked a senior who still has her under his power.

Which camp are you in? But before you answer in the comments section, there's something you should know:

This ad has already been done before.

The most recent example comes from Russia. Foreign Policy blog points out the similar themed ad was done earlier this year.

As the Huffington Post reported back in February:

"A suggestive ad rallying support for Putin's presidential campaign shows a young woman seeking a fortune-teller's advice. "Let's find out, cutie, who is intended to you by destiny," the mystic says. The girl replies, "You know. I wish it to be for love -- It is my first time."

All indications suggest that the woman is nervous about losing her virginity, but the ad's horrifying twist is revealed when the fortune-teller flips a card with a portrait of the Russian Prime Minister."

But that's not all, dear reader. Even the Republicans took this angle back in the day. Talking Points Memo points us to a Washington Post article dated November 1st, 1980 in which The Presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan made a similar if not more graphic analogy:

What Reagan was trying to do in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio was to harvest usually Democratic blue-collar votes — the consistent target of his personal campaigning in the Great Lakes states. Whenever he is near voters who might possibly be Democrats, Reagan likes to remind them that he came from that side of the political tracks.

On Thursday night, at a working class bar in Bayonne, N.J., Reagan said, “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.”

And finally, there's this 1960's gem below, enticing men to avoid the draft featuring Joan Baez and her sisters.

Way to be trite.

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