Perkins Clutches Pearls Over Dunham Ad

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council joins his fellow wingnuts in getting a terrible case of the vapors over a web ad that features Lena Dunham talking to people who are voting for the first time and comparing it to losing their virginity. Why, it’s just disgusting and it’s a new low in politics:


So you’re going to say the same thing about Ronald Reagan, who made the same analogy, right? Right? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

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  • Ellie


    And anyway, I’m sure St. Ronald never did any such thing….oh wait…

  • Bronze Dog

    Sexuality is only vulgar when non-wingnuts demonstrate anything less than Victorian prudishness. And when they do demonstrate Victorian prudishness, you know it’s just a cover for sending out subliminal gay signals.

  • holytape

    but who will think of the children!!1!!11?

  • eric

    Maybe he’s afraid conservative 18-year-olds WILL treat it as seriously as they treated their first time, and hit buttons/punch chads at random.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Won’t somebody please think of the virgins?

  • Tualha

    Can’t wait to hear what they say when a divorced Democrat runs for President.

  • Randomfactor

    but who will think of the children!!1!!11?

    Plenty of Republicans, alas.

  • hunter

    Well, Perkins should know about new lows in politics — he spends his time down in the muck.

  • Abby Normal

    Randomfactor, it doesn’t help that the government encourages such behavior with all those damn, Watch Children signs they post. Then they destroy the kids’ self-esteem with Slow Children at Play signs, making them easy targets for manipulation.

  • thalwen

    Disgusting, demeaning to women? Hmm.. I’m thinking “legitimate rape,” “rape babies are gifts from God,” and “binders full of women” is a lot more disgusting and demeaning.

    And he’s one to talk about treating women as sex objects. In the fundie mindset women are objects (though not just for sex, also for babies and dinner). I guess the main problem that they’re getting the vapours over is the idea of someone’s first time being with a black man.

  • grumpyoldfart

    There wouldn’t have been any “clutching of pearls”. When they heard that advertisement they would have cheered and cheered:

    “Hoo-fucking-ray. At last we’ve got something we can broadcast. I was getting worried for while. I thought we might have to broadcast the same drivel we gave ‘em yesterday – but now we’ve got this. Virgins for Christ’s sake! How lucky is that? Shit, we could push this story for the rest of the week if we had to. God bless the Democrats, they’re gonna make us all rich – I love ‘em.”

  • Zeno

    Everyone is forgetting that Obama’s (alleged) mother was named Dunham! It’s a conspiracy! (I’m surprised the nutbags haven’t brought it up.)

  • d.c.wilson

    But St. Ron was a man. Not just a man, but a man’s man! So, it’s ok for him to make a few ribald jokes.

    But Dunham is a woman, so when she makes allusions to sex, it’s proof she’s a slutty-slut who wants to have slutty sex with everyone she meets.

    And she probably uses birth control, too.

    And that’s today’s look into the wingnut mind.

  • Amphiox

    What’s disgusting is Romney’s various auto adds filled with lies.

  • StevoR

    @5. Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant) says:

    Won’t somebody please think of the virgins?

    Call Richard Branson maybe?

  • dingojack

    Stevoooo – If he isn’t talking bollocks in a courtroom, that is! :)