Did Obama camp borrow racy virginity video idea from Putin?
Campaign video that compares voting for Obama to a girl losing her virginity prompts furious reaction
HAS the Barack Obama camp taken a leaf out of Vladimir Putin's campaign book with his “virginity” pastiche ad (see video below)?
The US President is targeting young voters with a racy video clip that bears similarities to a campaign Putin released ahead of the Russian presidential election in March.
Lena Dunham, the writer and star of television hit Girls, appears in the Obama video, The First Time. "Your first time shouldn't be with just anybody," Dunham tells viewers. “You want to do it with a great guy.”
Flogging the metaphor, she says “the first time” should be with someone who cares about women and whether they get health insurance and birth control.
"My first time voting was amazing," she says, finally making the metaphor clear. "There's a line in the sand. 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."
Fans of Girls, which has just started airing in Britain, won't be surprised to see Dunham endorsing Obama via an edgy, feminist monologue about sex, says New York magazine. But in the few hours that the ad has been out, conservatives have already expressed outrage over the "disgusting" and "astoundingly tasteless" clip.
Fox News analyst and conservative author Monica Crowley calls the ad "sick" and "degrading" on Twitter, while RedState editor-in-chief Erick Erickson claims the ad is "proof we live in a fallen world destined for hell fire".
But as the Atlantic Wire points out, if conservatives really wanted a cause for outrage they could have focused on the fact that "Obama stole the idea from Putin".
Putin used a similar concept in his election campaign earlier this year. In an ad (see video below) that picked up 680,000 views on YouTube, a young Russian woman is told by a fortune-teller that her "first time" will be with Putin. The video ends with the woman entering a polling station and the words: 'Putin. Only for love the first time.'
"Now that's the real crime," says Atlantic Wire. "He had to steal from the Russians."