President Obama's campaign has found itself the target of a new political backlash from conservatives following its release of a new web ad on Thursday. The ad features actress Lena Dunham of the HBO series "Girls," who uses innuendo throughout the spot to compare voting for the first time to losing one's virginity.
Conservative bloggers, like the National Review's Nathaniel Botwinick, took to the Internet just hours after the ad was first released to protest the ad's sexual undertones, with Botwinick calling the ad "awkward" and "cringeworthy." Others, like Ad Rants' Steve Hall, disagreed, calling the ad "a rather brilliant move on the part of the Obama campaign," as quoted by Fox News.
Here is some of the key information regarding the new Obama campaign ad and the reaction to it.
* Dunham, for her part, issued a partial defense for the ad on Thursday night, tweeting that "The video may be light, but the message is serious: vote for women's rights."
* The ad, which features Dunham talking about a host of political issues, including women's rights and the war in Iraq, is reportedly aimed at college students and first-time voters.
* As such, the ad shows Dunham as she tells the viewer that "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody," and that "You want to do it with a great guy."
* Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway, appearing on "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Thursday evening, said that the ad was indicative of the whole of Obama's campaign, telling the host that "the more we talk about it in this campaign, the more insulting it is to women," as quoted by CNN.
* Other analysts have focused on the effect the backlash may have on Obama's campaign in the final days before the elections. Public relations professional Ronn Torossian told Fox News on Friday that he "questions the wisdom" of airing "divisive" ads with only days to go before Nov. 6.
* Some liberal commentators have pushed back at conservative criticism over the ad. The Atlantic Wire's Connor Simpson said that the problem was the result of a generation gap, noting that the ad was aimed at first time voters "between 18 and 22 years old," who will know Dunham from her HBO series.
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