Lena Dunham Explains Her Pro-Hillary Clinton PSA Parody

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Lena Dunham released a video on Funny or Die this morning (Nov. 3, 2016), featuring her playing a character named MC Pantsuit, and rapping about Hillary Clinton. Watch it below.


The sketch manages to strike a balance of making fun of celebrity politics videos and being a genuine endorsement of Clinton in its own right. In an interview with Vulture, Dunham explained how the video came about.

“I’m like a crazed Hillary Clinton fan and wondered what it would be like if I took this character one step further,” Dunham said. “I liked the idea of a well-meaning, ridiculous white girl who thinks she’s helping the election by exposing her body and writing thoughtless rap music.”

The video features Charlamagne tha God and Cynthia Erivo playing two backup artists who aren’t completely on board with MC Pantsuit’s idea of advocacy. Dunham went into how she went about securing their appearances in the sketch.

“Charlamagne’s been very kind in his tweeting about Girls, so I messaged him and was like, ‘There would be no better, or more amazing person to do a get-out-and-vote video with.'” Dunham said Charlamagne got the joke of the video right away, and even improvised the line “Why do we need to appropriate Iggy Azalea‘s culture to win this election?,” arguably one of the funniest parts of the whole video.

As for Erivo, Dunham said she wanted a legitimately amazing singer to do the hook. “Everything that is said in that hook is serious. She saves it from being pure garbage coming from my mouth,” Dunham said. “Also, even though she’s not a U.S. citizen, her Trump rage is right up there with the rest of us.”

Erivo helps sell the other point of the video: it’s not just poking fun at celebrities for ineffectual election PSAs, it’s also a genuine endorsement of Clinton. Dunham said she wanted the opportunity to scream loudly about Clinton’s qualifications for the job.