Since the contest to parody syndicated columnist William F. George went so well, the Wiseacre Society at the Columbia School of Journalism held a follow-up requesting parodies of over-the-top winger freakouts about Lena Dunham’s Obama ad. Almost immediately, they received this perhaps slightly over-the-top parody of The Corner:
Was it only last week, pre-Sandy, that the Obama campaign ran the generally smutty, unpleasantly manipulative political ad featuring Lena Dunham, called “First Time,” which attempted to conflate a young woman’s first vote with losing her virginity? In addition to the smarmy, smutty tone, the ad was an ugly, desperate attempt to manipulate young women into voting for Obama, on the general grounds that he is “a great guy,” and “cool.” Apart from the fact that neither of those qualities are really at the top of the list of key attributes for boyfriends or leaders of the free world, the ad occasioned disgust because it was a new cultural low. Lower, even than attempting to bribe women with free contraception — or cell phones.
For the record, the ad was disturbing also because it forced normal parents, trying as hard as we can to instill reasonable morality, virtue, and common sense into our teenagers, to confront the ugliness of the hook-up culture which they have to work pretty hard to avoid. Who wants to be reminded that teenage girls now come of age in a culture in which it is common to strategize about how and where to have sex, when really that should be a consideration that comes after love, relationships and commitments? But that is a rant for another time.
Pure comic gold! That might be the best one since the Editors retired.