There’s nothing quite like the sweet, sweet taste of schadenfreude. Especially when it comes to Lena Dunham. As a part of the latest “Rock the Vote” campaign, Dunham and her celebrity friends got together to encourage young people to get out there and make their voices heard.
In case you didn’t feel like watching the entire video, the first minute of the video might as well just be giant block text that says “LOL white people.” If you got past that part, you were treated to a typical “Rock the Vote” video, with loud music, jump cuts and shameless promotion of season four of “Girls.”
Here’s where the hilarity begins. Five of the celebrities who appeared in the video didn’t even vote in the last midterm elections. Apparently there wasn’t a cheesy enough catchphrase that could get these heroes out to vote in 2010. Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Natasha Lyonne (“Orange is the New Black”), E.J. Johnson (“Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”) and “actor” Darren Chris all had somewhere more important to be on Election Day ’10.
This is where the flaw of “Rock the Vote” lies. You are riling up people who aren’t informed about candidates or their platforms and probably couldn’t tell you which amendment gives all Americans the right to vote.
So, thank you, Miss Dunham. Democracy wouldn’t exist without heroes like you and Whoopi Goldberg telling uninformed 18-21 year olds to get out and vote because it’s the cool thing to do.
Here’s an idea. Don’t vote because it’s cool. Vote because you actually care about your duty to your country and a right that hundreds of thousands of people have died for.
[via Washington Post]