Planned Parenthood to honor Lena Dunham with excellence award at annual gala

Taylor Bigler | Entertainment Editor

“Girls” creator and writer of depressing, awkward sex scenes Lena Dunham will receive an award at Planned Parenthood’s annual gala in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the keynote address at the “Time for Care” dinner that will be “attended by Planned Parenthood’s supporters and national and local leaders from across the country.” The point of the dinner is to “honor champions of women’s health.”

Dunham will then receive the Maggie Award for Media Excellence “for her realistic and honest portrayal of the complex issues facing a fictional group of entitled twenty-something Brooklynites young women today,” according to a Planned Parenthood press release. 

Dunham’s HBO series is notorious for featuring the show’s creator and star naked for no fewer than 30 seconds per episode, lots of cringe-inducing sex scenes, a false-alarm pregnancy, and just an all-around feeling of ickiness.

Dunham was a vocal supporter for Obama’s re-election. Back in November, the “Girls” creator starred in an Obama campaign ad in which she likened voting for the first time to losing one’s virginity. (RELATED: Obama ad: President wants your electoral virginity)

“Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody,” she says in the ad. “You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful — someone who really cares about and understands women. A guy who cares whether you get health insurance, specifically whether you get birth control. The consequences are huge.”

Although “Girls” is watched by fewer than one million people, Dunham has apparently single-handedly tackled all of the “complex issues” all 150 million American women face today.

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