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Lena Dunham appears in a still from her Barack Obama endorsement ad, My First Time. - Provided courtesy of BarackObama.com / YouTube

Lena Dunham laughs off criticism over Obama 'First Time' ad

10/27/2012 by Olivia Allin

Lena Dunham has laughed off criticism over her provocative "First Time" Barack Obama endorsement commercial.

"It tickles me to no end that while my twitter feed was blowing up with conservative hate, I was literally hanging out in a pile of bisexuals," Dunham Tweeted on October 26.

Dunham, the Emmy-nominated creator and star of HBO's "Girls," appeared in the ad to discuss the experience of voting for the first time, for President Barack Obama. The 26-year-old writer and actress equates picking a candidate for picking the right person to have sex with for the first time.

"You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful," Dunham said. "Somebody who really cares about and understands women. A guy who cares about whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control& My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl, now I was a woman."

Many embraced the ad, which was part of the Obama campaign's efforts to encourage young voters, but it received criticism from conservatives who found the thinly-veiled metaphor inappropriate.

Dunham is obviously not worried about the backlash. Earlier in the month, she signed a book deal for over $3.5 million to publish her essay collection, "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned," with Random House Publishing.

The actress, producer, director and writer was nominated for three Emmy's in 2012: Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series for her work on "Girls." The series was nominated for a total of five Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

Dunham first gained attention for writing, directing and starring in the 2010 independent film, "Tiny Furniture," which won the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. She also wrote the recent film, "Nobody Walks" and the 2009 film, "Creative Nonfiction." Her next film, "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares" is in the script stages, but is slated for a 2013 debut.

Dunham will also appear in Judd Apatow's upcoming film, "This is 40," which is slated for release on December 21, 2012. Apatow also produces "Girls."

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