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Pop Ups :: The Ladies of Hollywood Get Political

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Saturday Oct 27, 2012

Election Day is just around the corner, and it seems as though the new trend in Hollywood is to show off who you're voting; in some casesl, quite literally. Still other stars have joined forces with politicians and have participated in campaigns. Some have received backlash for their views.

Leah Dunham Loses Virginity to Obama?

Lenh Dunham, the star and creator of HBO’s hit series "Girls," announced not that long ago that should we be voting for President Barack Obama as he supports marriage equality, EDGE reported. But the actress has taken her love for the president a step further with a new campaign video where she compares voting in her first presidential election losing her virginity.

The ad is called "Lena Dunham: Your First Time," and debuted on Obama’s official YouTube channel on Thursday, the Huffington Post reports.

"Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody, you wanna do it with a great guy," Dunham, 26, says in the clip. "It should be with a guy who’s beautiful. Someone who really cares about and understands a woman."

"It’s also super uncool to be out and about and someone says, ’Did you vote?’ and you say, ’No, I wasn’t ready,’" she added.

No, she isn’t talking about sex. She’s talking about voting.

"My first time voting was amazing," Dunham said. "It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl, now I was a woman."

The ad isn’t sitting well with some conservatives, who find it inappropriate for a presidential election.

"How could a president with two, young blossoming daughters release an ad as disgusting as this?" John Notle, editor-at-large at Breitbart News, tweeted.

"So the Obama ad with Lena Dunham is a concept recycled from .... VLADIMIR PUTIN," a commenter on the site wrote

Entertainment Weekly’s Adam B. Vary thinks the video is s "a wryly hip ad that will likely appeal to Dunham’s fans (whose enthusiasm for the democratic process may have waned since the gonzo excitement of the 2008 election)."

GQ’s Reid Cherlin compared her to Donald Trump: "If it is possible for there to be such a thing as the opposite of Donald Trump’s square, awkward ’deal’ video, it’s the Web ad that Lena Dunham just cut for the Obama campaign."

Katy Perry Wears Her Vote

People express their political views in different ways. Some people hit the roads and campaign hard while others write blog posts. But goofball pop star Katy Perry wears her views on her sleeve - literally.

The Examiner reports that the singer revealed her vote for the upcoming election on Wednesday while singing at a free concert in Las Vegas. Perry wore a tight white dress with a ballot print on it. The dress’ text had "Barack Obama, Joe Biden" and "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan" on it with boxes beside each candidate’s name. Obama’s box is shaded in.

"Don’t wait. Go tomorrow. How many of you are 18 here? It’s going to be your first time, right?" Perry said. Perry also performed at a free concert at Obama event in Los Angeles.

Fox vs. Dash: ’Clueless’ Star Clueless About Voting

You may not know the name Stacey Dash but the name Dionne Davenport may ring a bell. That was the sassy best friend of Alicia Silverstone’s character in the ’90s teen classic "Clueless."

Dash is making headlines not for an acting role or drunk driving but for whom she says she is supporting in the 2012 presidential election: Mitt Romney.

The actress has received an enormous amount of backlash via social media sites like Twitter (including death threats) but it still hasn’t stopped the star from publicly embracing the Republican candidate.

"Today’s the last day to register to vote in CA- go to LAvote net or the registrars recorder office to vote," she tweeted, with a picture of her at the polls, MTV reported.

Actress Vivica A. Fox has taken issue with Dash’s conservative support. Fox opened up how she felt about the issue in an interview with the Grio.

"I don’t know why she Stacey Dash had to do a photo shoot in a ’Baywatch’ red swimsuit with the boobs and the whole flag behind her," Fox said. "And she doesn’t have a job or something to promote right now? I just didn’t get it. She’s entitled to her own opinion, but it was just surprising that, first of all, she was a Republican, and that she did it the way that she did. Most politicians when you support them, you try to support them with class. You don’t need to do a swimsuit shoot."

Watch Dunham’s video below:


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